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The Gazette’s Best of Health Awards are back.

And this year, they will be bigger and better than ever.

Last year's Best of Health Awards at the De Vere Hotel.

Last year's Best of Health Awards at the De Vere Hotel.

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.


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 competitions@blackpoolgazette.co.uk

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:


The Doctor of the Year category, sponsored by Synergy Dental, is for the GP, family doctor, hospital doctor, surgeon, 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.


The Dentist of the Year category aims to honour the dentist or orthodontist – from the NHS or from the private sector – who goes the extra mile for patients.


The Midwife of the Year award is for the midwife who looks after mums-to-be and their babies to their best of their ability, at this very important time in people’s lives.


The Nurse of the Year category is for the nurse who works for the hospital trust, in the community, in a GP surgery, in the NHS or private sector, who rises above expectations, in their care for patients


The Physical Therapist of the Year is for the physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath who provides nothing but the highest quality care for patients, exceeding expectations. Again, they might work in the private sector or for the NHS.


The Childcare of the Year category, sponsored by Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, is for the person who provides excellent in care for children – for instance, nursery nurses, paediatric doctors and care workers.


The Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by Specsavers, is for anyone who gives their time and their all – either voluntary or in the paid-for sector – for the benefit of others.

It is the person who has consistently gone the extra mile to provide the best service or care possible for other people


The Carer of the Year category, sponsored by Ashbourne Lodge care home is for anyone who cares and gives their time and all – either voluntary or in the paid-for sector – for the benefit of others.

It could be someone who is a social worker, someone who works for social care services, or someone who is a local resident and looks after an ill, disabled or infirm loved one, relative, friend or neighbour.


The Elderly Welfare Award, sponsored by Whitworth Chemists, is designed to give recognition the person – whether they are an unpaid volunteer or a worker, whether they work in a nursing home, or for social services, who devotes their time and energy to the welfare and care of the elderly.


The Optician of the Year seeks to find the optician, optometrist or ophthalmologist – working in the private sector or the NHS – who always goes the extra mile for patients.