The search is on for top health workers and teams across Forth Valley as the Scottish Health Awards 2012 open for nominations.
Local people are being encouraged to nominate NHS workers and volunteers who regularly go beyond the call of duty to deliver exceptional quality healthcare and improve health services in their area.
The awards celebrate loyal staff from every area of healthcare from doctors and nurses, therapists and specialist carers, to support and administration services. This year there are a number of new categories including the Integrated Care for Older People Award, Quality Champion of the Year and Leading for Quality Award.
NHS Forth Valley Chief Executive Fiona Mackenzie said: “Every day our staff make a world of difference to patients and they deserve to be recognised and rewarded for the contribution they make to healthcare. These prestigious awards honour their achievements.”
Last year Anne Vallance, a senior sister at Forth Valley Royal Hospital’s neonatal unit collected the Care for Children Award, following a nomination from a grateful mother who wanted to thank her for the expert care given to her daughter. Inspired by Anne’s work, the parent was one of the supporters who set up the So Precious charity which has already raised around £65,000 for neonatal care in Forth Valley.
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Nicola Sturgeon said: “All of us will know someone special who works in NHSScotland – someone who goes that extra mile to provide the very best quality healthcare to the people of Scotland. These awards provide us with the opportunity to recognise those dedicated and loyal staff working across the health service and I would encourage you to take this chance to nominate that member of staff for an award.”
The awards will culminate in a prestigious award ceremony in Edinburgh on 8 November 2012. To nominate your healthcare hero visit www.scottishhealthawards.com. The closing date for nominations is 10 September 2012.
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