There are some remarkable people who work for the NHS and the healthcare profession who go above and beyond the call of duty to help us when we need them the most.
These committed and hardworking people work tirelessly to help others and whether it is a friendly doctor, nurse, midwife or a member of support staff, there is someone in every sector of the profession that have helped all of us in some way when we’ve needed them the most.
And that’s why we are launching the first Lincolnshire Health Awards – to recognise our doctors, nurses, pharmacies, innovators, midwives, non-medical teams behind the scene’s of the hospital and many more health care professionals.
The Lincolnshire Health Awards are being held in association with Lincolnshire’s NHS and the main sponsor Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture.
There are 15 award categories to recognise individuals, professionals and teams across the healthcare profession.
One of the categories is Doctor of the Year, sponsored by BMI The Lincoln Hospital.
Kogie Naidoo, executive Director, BMI The Lincoln Hospital said: “We are excited to be part of the first Lincolnshire Health Awards and to be able to support the recognition of the great things our healthcare professionals achieve day in, day out.
“Sponsoring the Doctor of the Year category enables us to celebrate a doctor, clinic or GP surgery that has made an outstanding contribution to patient care, something very close to our hearts and that underpins all we do at BMI The Lincoln Hospital.
“We look forward to celebrating with all the nominees and winners in November.”
Micronclean is sponsorING the Pharmacy Team of the Year Award at this year’s Lincolnshire Health Awards.
Mike Webb from Micronclean said: “As a company, Micronclean has a product and service portfolio which ranges laundered garment rental service for both industrial clients and high-tech/pharmaceutical companies throughout the UK to cleanroom supplies which are exported to over 30 countries worldwide.
“Micronclean is passionate about being the first to develop solutions which deliver efficiency and quality for our customers and our success is driven by the power of our internal teams be they in production, commercial, technical or sales.
“As a result, we want to recognise and support the pharmacy teams in Lincolnshire that echo our core values and deliver great patient care in the community.”
And since the launch of the awards last month your nominations have flooded in.
One of the nominees is Patricia Butler who has been entered in the Support Staff of the Year category.
Patricia is the unit administrator at Witham Court Hospital and according to her nomination she works tirelessly to support her admin team.
Her nomination states: “Pat is the ‘Oracle’ at Witham Court and everyone goes to Pat with their queries, requests and problems. Pat never raises her voice, she never complains she just quietly and unassumingly gets on with her job.
“Not only does she give 100 per cent to her own job, she always without question helps anyone in all areas of the service. Pat has such a caring, gentle and respectful manner about her and is so good with patients and staff alike.
“Pat is irreplaceable and such a hard working person.”
Another nomination already submitted is for the Heath Surgery at Bracebridge Heath for GP Practice of the Year.
The practice has had a difficult few years – in 2014 Barathi Ravikumar, a GP partner at the surgery, died in tragic circumstances when she drowned after reportedly attempting to rescue two children in her family during a holiday in Tenerife.
And in 2016, it was discovered that former practice manager Stuart Coffey stole nearly £250,000 from the surgery, which he was later jailed for.
The nomination from a patient states: “These two events could have been enough to see the practice close, however under some strong leadership and a determination not to let patients down, it continues to provide a great service.
“All the staff are welcoming and friendly, when going there you know your best interests are paramount and you feel safe and in good hands whenever you go for an appointment.”
The award categories and sponsors are:
Nurse of the Year
This award recognises nurses for their excellence in practice and for the significant contribution they make to their professions, their teams and their patients through their practice, leadership or research endeavour.
Please consider nominating a nurse, or managerial nurse who you feel deserves to be recognised for their service and dedication or a nurse who has gone the extra mile to best help a patient.
They may be a hospital nurse, GP surgery nurse, community nurse, mental health nurse or children’s nurse.
A nurse who has responded admirably in the face of huge pressure or adversity should also be considered.
Midwife of the Year
This award recognises the enthusiasm and determination to improve the birth experience of all who they come into contact with.
Outstanding midwifery care may include acting as an advocate for women and as a role model to others, sustained commitment to advancing the profession; an ability to develop relationships with patients and colleagues by listening, communicating and responding to their needs.
A midwife who has responded admirably in the face of huge pressure or adversity should also be considered.
Doctor of the Year sponsored by BMI The Lincoln Hospital
This award seeks to recognise a doctor, in a hospital, clinic or GP surgery, who has made an outstanding contribution to patient care.
We are looking for an individual that has made a real difference to the provision of care in their practice or hospital.
There should be evidence their individual efforts and imagination have improved patient care and/or safety – through leading improvement projects, innovative training of doctor trainees or helping to turn a struggling practice/department around.
Particular credit will be given to applications which have gone the extra mile to support patients or overcome significant obstacles.
A doctor who has responded admirably in the face of huge pressure or adversity should also be considered.
Therapist of the Year
This award recognises outstanding practice by an occupational therapist, speech therapist, podiatrist psychologist or physiotherapist.
We are looking for a therapist that has made a real difference to the provision of patient care in their practice or hospital.
There should be evidence their individual efforts has improved patient care and/or quality via their practice, leadership and or research endeavour.
GP Practice of the Year sponsored by Duncan & Toplis
This award seeks to recognise the multidisciplinary team, led by their practice manager, that has had the largest positive impact on improving patient care in their GP practice.
A successful application will outline how the team worked together to make a radical change in their practice and/or in their local area and how they achieved it.
We are looking for a holistic team approach that puts patient care first or examples of effective team work, staff motivation and a project that has clearly improved patient care.
Healthcare Assistant of the Year Award
Do you know an outstanding healthcare assistant working within a multidisciplinary team? The award recognises the wide range of responsibilities and dedication of healthcare assistants who promote the highest standards of care across the whole health service.
Healthcare assistants make a huge contribution to maintaining and protecting the health and well-being of people across Lincolnshire.
HCAs work within a range of NHS hospital or community settings under the guidance of a variety of healthcare professionals.
They could be working alongside nurses in hospitals or midwives in maternity services or in mental health, community or General Practice surgeries.
Support Staff of the Year Award
This award recognises the unsung hero.
We are looking for someone who consistently goes above and beyond – going the extra mile for the benefit of patients.
We are looking for an outstanding backroom staff member, porter, admin staff member, secretary, chaplain, caterer or housekeeper.
Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by St Hughs Hospital HMT
This award recognises a volunteer or voluntary team who work tirelessly and generously give their free time, enthusiasm and energy to help improve NHS services, facilities and support for patients, visitors and their families.
Clinical Team of the Year
This award recognises a clinical team in a hospital, community or primary care which consistently demonstrates good team working, to deliver an efficient and high performing service and improve patient care.
Non-clinical Team of the Year
This award recognises a non-clinical team which consistently demonstrate good team working, to deliver an efficient and high performing service.
Rising Star of the Year
This award seeks a newly qualified clinician or non-clinician who is committed to professional development.
We are looking for significant progress and have shown real drive to improve their learning outcomes and act as a role model and positive influence on peers. This person will display huge potential for the future.
Pharmacy Team of the Year sponsored by Micronclean Ltd
A pharmacy’s biggest asset is its staff – its pharmacy team. We’re looking for a pharmacy delivering great patient care.
Tell us how your team puts the pharmacy at the heart of the community it serves, how it has overcome obstacles by working together and how it has used individual skills and strengths to create an even more powerful team – all to the benefit of patients.
Paramedic/First Responder of the Year
Paramedics and first responders play a pivotal role on the frontline. This reward recognises a paramedic or first responder who has worked heroics to save a life or gone that extra mile for the benefit of a patient/s.
Research, Innovation, Education Award
This award will go to the team/individual who have implemented an idea or innovative approach which has resulted in a saving of time or money, improved practice or a new way of working.
They may have carried out or published innovative research papers, been involved with clinical trials or taken part in training or education with the end result of benefitting patients.
Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Magna Vitae
The Lifetime Achievement Award is looking for an individual who has an established history of distinguished service to the NHS in Lincolnshire , made a lasting contribution to NHS practice, exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others and positively influenced the NHS.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is an individual award in recognition of a person’s outstanding contributions. These contributions may be a new innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice. Importantly, the contributions should be above and beyond the everyday and have had a long lasting impact on the NHS locally.
The individual should have a minimum of 20 years working in the NHS. (This award is not open for entries and will be chosen by Lincolnshire Media, Lincolnshire’s NHS and Magna Vitae.)
How do I nominate someone?
Nominations can be made online by clicking here Lincolnshire Health Awards or by sending your name and contact details, along with who you are nominating and a 400 word supporting statement. Please also include contacts details of the person you are nominating.
Nominations can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Health Awards, Lincolnshire Media, Ground Floor Witham Wharf, Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln, LN5 7AY.
Closing date for nominations is October 2.
An awards ceremony will take place on November 14 at The Bentley Hotel, Lincoln.
How can I sponsor an award?
Businesses and organisations can still get involved with sponsoring an award category from £850.
To get involved, contact Events Manager Karis Hildred on 01522 804226 or email email@example.com