Nominations sought for health awards

LOCAL people from across Grampian are being urged to nominate the ‘unsung heroes’ of the NHS - for the contribution they make to patients and service users across the region.

Nominations for the 2011 Scottish Health Awards opened this week. The awards, now in their tenth year, acknowledge and reward NHS workers and volunteers who go the extra mile to deliver exceptional care, cure illnesses or improve local health services.

Anyone who works in a healthcare setting from hospitals and dental surgeries to GP practices or in the local community is eligible to take part.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Nicola Sturgeon, encouraged people to submit their nonimations. “All of us will know someone special who works in the NHS - someone who goes that extra mile to provide the very best quality healthcare to the people of Scotland”, she said. “These awards provide us with the opportunity to recognise those dedicated and loyal staff working across the health service and I would encourage people to take this chance to nominate that member of staff for an award.”

NHS Grampian Chief Executive Richard Carey echoed Ms Sturgeon’s call for patients and families to submit nominations, adding “I am also encouraging our staff to nominate their colleagues − we have so much to be proud of and this is an excellent opportunity to be recognised nationally.”

Nominations can be made online at www.scottishhealthawards.com. The closing date for nominations is Monday 12 September 2011.