The Gazette’s Best of Health Awards are back, and this time they are bigger and better than ever, celebrating the work of local health heroes.
The past two years have seen the awards go from strength-to-strength, since they were launched in 2011, with more categories, more prizes and more nominations.
Dentist of the year
Doctor of the year
Midwife of the year
Carer of the year (adult care)
Nurse of the year
Optician of the year
Physical Therapist of the year
Elderly Welfare Award
Best of Health Judge’s Award
We are asking you to nominate the person from the health sector you feel has made an outstanding contribution, has gone the extra mile, or done something above and beyond the call of duty.
We are looking for those who are the best in their field, whether they be in a high-profile role, or an unsung hero who works tirelessly behind the scenes.
Perhaps a midwife helped make giving birth one of the most special experiences of your life, perhaps your life was saved by a heart surgeon, perhaps your local GP receptionist is always friendly and helpful, or perhaps you have a family member who devotes their time and energy for caring for a loved one.
Among the award-winners last year was Julia Day, 69, from Blackpool, who scooped the Carer of the Year Award and the Judges Award, after she was nominated by a support worker at Blackpool Carers Centre, for the dedicated way she cared for her elderly mum, who had been diagnosed with dementia.
Also honoured as Optician of the Year was Lisa Critchley, from Specsavers Opticians Blackpool, who was nominated by a patient who had been experiencing problems with her eyes, but been told by an optician at another company, there was nothing wrong.
The patient had told Lisa about the symptoms, who carried out an examination and spotted there was something wrong with her right eye, referring her to the hospital.
Tests revealed the patient did in fact have a tumour.
EARNING PRAISE IN 2012:
Last year’s Gazette Best of Health Awards were a notable success with a presentation ceremony at the De Vere hotel, Blackpool.
Above Sophie Guest-winner of Young Unsung Hero of the Year in the Gazette Best of Health Awards with her grandma Margaret Guest.
And 18-year-old Sophie Guest, from South Shore, was crowned Young Unsung Hero of the Year, as she selflessly gave much of her time to look after her nan Margaret, as her main carer.
Jon Rhodes, Gazette editor, said: “These awards aim to recognise excellence and innovation in health professionals, but also to honour those who care in the voluntary sector.
“Whether they be a heart surgeon, a wonderful community nurse, an unsung hero who make a difference to the lives of others, or a midwife who helped a new mum through a difficult time, we want to hear about them.
“At last year’s event, we heard some truly heart-warming stories of people who truly understood the meaning of care – in all senses of the word.
“We are seeking to honour those who are simply the best in health.”
We are looking for inspirational stories of those who have gone the extra mile – whether they be a heart surgeon, a wonderful community nurse, an unsung hero who makes a difference to the lives of others, or a midwife, who helped a new mum through a difficult time.
Gazette deputy editor Alison Bott said: “We are looking for those who genuinely represent the best in health – whether from the voluntary or paid-for sector.
“These awards will serve to act as recognition and as a reward, to those who go the extra mile to look after the health of others.
“Last year’s awards were such a great success and we heard some truly inspiring and heart-warming stories of those who really are health heroes.”
How to nominate
The judging panel will shortlist nominees in each category, from which it will choose one winner. You can nominate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
, or in writing to Suzanne Steedman
at The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool FY4 2DP
You will need to provide the name and contact details of the person you are nominating, along with your own name and contact details and your reasons for nominating that person in no more than 300 words. Closing date for entries is April 30.
Dentist of the Year
As sponsored by Roberts & Quinn registered opticians:
For the dentist, from the NHS or from the private sector, who goes the extra mile for patients.
Doctor of the Year
As sponsored by Oberyn:
For the GP, family doctor, hospital doctor, registrar or consultant, from the NHS or the private sector, who goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best service possible for all.
Midwife of the Year
As sponsored by the NHS Stop Smoking Service:
For the midwife who works for the hospital trust, in the community or in the private sector, who goes above and beyond the call of duty for mums-to-be and their babies
Carer of the Year (Adult Care)
As sponsored by Synergy Dental:
For anyone who cares and gives their time and their all – either voluntary of in the paid-for sector – for the benefit of others. It could be someone who works in a care home, a social worker or someone who works for social care services, or could be a local resident who looks after an ill, disabled or infirm loved one, relative, friend or neighbour.
Nurse of the Year
As sponsored by Majestic Care Home:
For the nurse, who works for the hospital trust, in the community, in a GP surgery, in the NHS or in the private sector, who rises above expectations in their care for patients.
Optician of the Year
For the optician, optometrist or ophthalmologist, either working in the NHS or private sector, who goes the extra mile for patients.
Physical therapist of the Year
As sponsored by Vitaline - caring, reassuring and protecting:
For the physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath who provides nothing but the highest quality care for patients, exceeding expectations.
Child Care Award
For the person who provides excellence in care for children – for instance, nursery nurses, paediatric doctors and care workers.
Unsung hero Award
As sponsored by Specsavers:
For the person who has consistently gone that extra mile to provide the best service possible and care for patients.
For example, you might want to nominate the occupational therapist who has helped change your life at home, the hospital porter who always greets patients with a smile, the care home cleaner who makes sure everything is spick and span, the pharmacist who offers invaluable advice with minor condition and medication, or simple someone in the community who looks after the health and welfare of others.
Elderly Welfare Award
As sponsored by Whitworth’s Chemist:
For the person, whether they be an unpaid volunteer or a worker, whether they work in a nursing home, or in social services, who devotes their time and energy to the welfare and care of the elderly.
Best of Health Judges’ Award
As sponsored by Mac clinical research:
This special award will be reserved for the individual – a winner of one of the other categories, who the judges feel has made the most outstanding contribution to the health of others.