The Gazette’s Best of Health Awards are back.
And this year, they will be bigger and better than ever.
With 10 categories and a glittering presentation ceremony for all the short-listed nominees taking place at the stunning Blackpool Imperial Hotel in July, the awards – now in their fourth year – look set to be the best yet.
The annual awards scheme aims to recognise and celebrate excellence in health care, in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
We want to hear about those who represent the very best in health and caring professions.
We are looking for inspirational stories of those individuals who have made a real difference – whether they are a dedicated GP, a wonderful community nurse, a midwife who has helped a mum through a difficult time, or an unsung hero who goes out of their way to help others.
The awards scheme is designed to ensure those who truly work hard for health are honoured – no matter what contribution they make and whether they are in a high-profile or behind the scenes role.
They might see it as merely doing their jobs, but they could literally change people’s lives on a daily basis.
The Gazette’s editor, Jon Rhodes, said: “I am delighted we have launched the Best of Health Awards for a fourth year.
“Every year, we hear some truly hear-warming stories of people who understand the true meaning of care – in all senses of the word.
“These awards aim to recognise everyone from heart surgeons, to the hospital porter who always has a smile for everyone, from the optician who may have helped save someone’s sight, to the neighbour who delivers shopping for and provides support to elderly neighbours.
“We want to hear your stories about those who have really made a difference to the health and well-being of others.
“We are seeking to honour those who are, simply, the best in health.”
Last year’s event, held at the De Vere Village Heron’s Reach, was attended by close to 200 people.
There had been a record number of nominations and among the winners were a senior nurse, specialist midwife, popular dentist, an eating disorder specialist, a consultant who was diagnosed with cancer but continued to raise money for others and a Blackpool mum who devoted her time and energy to caring for her disabled son.
HOW TO NOMINATE
Anyone can nominate – friends, colleagues, employers, patients, carers, patient’s relatives.
If you know someone you feel deserves an award for always providing the Best of Health, you can write to us at: Best of Health Awards, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool, FY4 2DP, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your own name and contact details, as well as the name, role/job title and contact details for the person you are nominating and an explanation in no more than 250 words, of why they deserve an award.
For more information about the awards, call (01253) 361709.
Turn the page to find out more about the criteria for each individual category.
The categories are:
Doctor of the Year
Dentist of the Year
Midwife of the Year
Nurse of the Year
Physical Therapist of the Year
Unsung Hero Award
Carer of the Year
Elderly Welfare Award
Optician of the Year