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Our health heroes

Vote for your Health Hero

Thu 03 Nov 2016

The regional finalists have been announced. Now it's your turn to vote for the operational services worker of the year and the clinical support worker of the year.

The 24 regional finalists in this year’s Our Health Hero awards have been named and you can support these unsung heroes of the NHS by taking part in the public vote for the winners. The awards, organised by Unison, Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health, recognise the huge contribution made by support staff to the running of the NHS.

There are two categories: operational services worker of the year and clinical support worker of the year. The finalists from each of UNISON’s 12 regions were all nominated by colleagues and selected by the judges from more than 500 entries.

The finalists in each region are:

Operational Services Worker

Stephen Hartman, Porter (Eastern region)
Joanne Snell, Admin Officer (East Midlands)
Gifty Bobbery, Ward Hostess (Greater London)
Liz Mason, Cleaner (Northern region)
Elizabeth Cameron, Centre Receptionist (Northern Ireland)
Samantha Meade, Quality Support Officer (North West)
Paul Deans, Porter Supervisor (Scotland)
Claire Mills, Administrator (South East)
Jeff Surmon, Handyman & carer (South West)
Helen Rees, Catering Assistant (Wales)
Lisa Perkins, Secretary Admin Lead (West Midlands)
Michelle Oakes, Business Manager (Yorkshire and Humber)

Clinical Support Worker

Beverley Lyford, Assistant Practitioner (Eastern region)
Barbara Sing, Maternity Support Worker (East Midlands)
Jeanette Curtin, Theathre Support Worker (Greater London)
Iain Scott, Emergency Care Assistant (Northern region)
Stephen Rogers, Care Support Worker (Northern Ireland)
Rachel Szarfenberg, Assistant Practitioner (North West)
Stacy Wilson, Health Care Support Worker (Scotland)
Nicola Day, Children's Therapy Assistant (South East)
Stephanie Crump, Clinical Apprentice (South West)
Jamie Alsop, Support Team Recovery Worker (Wales)
Amanda Lavick, Therapy Technician (West Midlands)
Tony Hudson, Peer Support Worker (Yorkshire and Humber)

To make up your mind before you vote, you can read more about each finalist or watch a video about them on You Tube.

Congratulating the winners, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Without the hard work and dedication of support staff, nurses, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other health colleagues, would quite simply be unable to do their jobs.

“It’s vital we celebrate the amazing work of clinical support and operational services staff, which often goes way above and beyond their roles. They are the unsung heroes of the NHS.”

The public vote is now open but be sure to cast your votes before the closing date of Monday 14 November. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at the UNISON centre in London on 29 November.

To cast your votes, visit www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ohh-awards.

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