THE Evening News is today launching a search for the heroes of the health service – and we want you to tell us who they are.
We teamed up with NHS Lothian last year to promote the Health Hero category in its staff awards, which saw the public invited to make nominations for the first time.
It proved such a success that we have backed the award for a second time, and we want our readers to speak up by putting forward staff who they believe represent the very best of the NHS.
The award is designed to recognise the caring, selfless and dedicated individuals who are the backbone of the organisation and have a positive impact on hundreds of people’s lives every day.
Any NHS Lothian staff member who has gone the extra mile can be nominated, whether it is a community midwife who offered exceptional support during and after a pregnancy, a speech therapist or physio whose patience and understanding made all the difference or an outstanding nurse or doctor.
Evening News editor Frank O’Donnell said: “We know NHS workers carry out incredible work which changes the lives of their patients every single day. Their skill and compassion can often go unrecognised and the Health Hero award aims to redress the balance. The category was very well-received by both NHS staff and the public last year and the Evening News is delighted to be supporting the category again.”
Two community mental health chaplains, Lynne MacMurchie and Maxwell Reay, became NHS Lothian’s first ever Health Heroes at a glittering ceremony last year.
The duo, based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, received the award in front of 200 of their colleagues at the health board’s Celebrating Success Awards. The anonymous patient who nominated them said their commitment and compassion had made an indescribable difference.
A Health Hero is constantly supportive and helpful, is outstanding in what they do, is approachable and professional, focuses on patients’ needs and shows them understanding and care.
Tim Davison, NHS Lothian’s chief executive, said: “This award is about recognising the work of staff and allowing those who use our services to pay tribute to the people who deliver their care. It was a big success last year and we’re hoping for an even greater response this time.
“The Celebrating Success Awards is one way of saying thank you to the excellent staff who continue to provide the standards of patient care that NHS Lothian can be proud of.”
The deadline for nominations is August 30.
how to join in
NHS Lothian’s Celebrating Success Awards are now in their fifth year.
The health board said they would recognise “the great and the good” in the organisation, which has 24,000 staff.
To nominate a Health Hero, visit www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/Pages/healthhero.aspx for a nomination form.
To request a paper version of the form, call 0141 578 1779.