Having recently spent a few days in an NHS hospital, I confess myself in awe of the patience and dedication of health service staff who continue to provide fantastic care despite inadequate funding.
So it’s great to see a mass-market paper like The Sun is recognising some of these unsung heroes with the second Who Cares Wins awards.
The awards were launched by the late Sun Health Features editor, Christina Newbury (nee Earle), and will include a new award in her memory.
Christina, who died suddenly earlier this year, won Outstanding Contribution and Editor of the Year, at this year’s MJA Awards.
Categories for Who Cares Wins awards include:
Best Midwife: An NHS midwife who has provided great care for a woman or her baby.
Best Neonatal: This is for someone who has cared for problem, small or sick babies
Best Doctor: An NHS doctor — GP, hospital doctor or consultant
Best Nurse: An NHS nurse in any field
Ultimate Lifesaver: A person or a team who performed an emergency rescue, operation or similar
Groundbreaking Pioneer or Discovery: Scientists and researchers who have contributed to breakthroughs in medical science
Unsung Hero: For an individual who gives up their time to volunteer at a health charity, hospital, hospice or similar
Best Charity: A health charity
Mental Health Hero: For significant contribution to mental health work
Young Hero: A carer or campaigner, open to anyone under the age of 18
If you know of an NHS hero who goes above and beyond the call of duty, why not nominate them? Online nominations can be made here.