Your chance to cel­e­brate coun­try’s health he­roes

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

If there was ever a time to cel­e­brate the work of the NHS and those work­ing across health and so­cial care, it’s 2020.

This is a year when our health and care ser­vices have gone to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths, work­ing tire­lessly and putting them­selves at risk to carry us through the Covid-19 pan­demic.

The na­tion has col­lec­tively ap­plauded our NHS and care work­ers but the Scottish Health Awards are another way to thank the in­di­vid­u­als you be­lieve de­serve ex­tra recog­ni­tion.

This year the awards will have ex­tra sig­nif­i­cance, giv­ing pa­tients, col­leagues, fam­ily and friends the chance to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion by nom­i­nat­ing their healing he­roes.

The an­nual event — now in its 19th year — is run by the Daily Record in part­ner­ship with NHS Scot­land and cel­e­brates and recog­nises the work of some of the most ded­i­cated staff in the coun­try.

Nom­i­na­tions are now open and, be­cause of the un­prece­dented events of this year, the win­ners will be named at a vir­tual event tak­ing place on De­cem­ber 9.

Launch­ing this year’s awards, Jeane Free­man, Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for Health and Sport, said: “Each year the Scottish Health Awards pro­vides an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the work of those ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als and teams who de­liver high qual­ity health and care ser­vices to the peo­ple of Scot­land.

“In the year of the 72nd an­niver­sary of the NHS, and, in a year when our staff across health and so­cial care have been ris­ing so mag­nif­i­cently to the chal­lenge of deal­ing with Covid-19, we can re­flect on how far we have come.

“We have adapted and evolved to meet the chang­ing needs and in­creas­ing de­mands on our ser­vices, whilst re­main­ing ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to the found­ing prin­ci­ples of an NHS free at the point of de­liv­ery.

“Ev­ery­one across health and so­cial care in Scot­land has demon­strated their in­cred­i­ble re­silience, com­pas­sion and skills in deal­ing with the pan­demic — and they still do, day in and day out, of­ten at per­sonal cost.

“We con­tinue to be able to make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives thanks to our ded­i­cated staff, work­ing across the NHS, part­ners in health and so­cial care, vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions and more.

“Ev­ery achieve­ment and suc­cess over the past 72 years wouldn’t have hap­pened with­out their hard work and com­mit­ment, and I’d like to thank them for the con­tin­ued ded­i­ca­tion.

“The Scottish Health Awards recog­nises both the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion of front­line health and so­cial care work­ers but also shines a light on those who work hard be­hind the scenes in sup­port roles to en­sure Scot­land has the high­est stan­dard of health and care ser­vices,” added the Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary.

“Over many weeks, peo­ple across Scot­land have shown their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our NHS and so­cial care staff. The Scottish Health Awards pro­vide another op­por­tu­nity to do just that. Please take the time to nom­i­nate some­one who de­serves to be recog­nised across the 16 award cat­e­gories for this year.”

We want to hear about the peo­ple who you be­lieve have worked tire­lessly and have gone above and be­yond to pro­vide the very best care for the peo­ple of Scot­land in their great­est time of need.

This year, we want to take the op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the ex­tra­or­di­nary work of NHS Scot­land staff, so­cial care staff and car­ers in re­spond­ing to the Coro­n­avirus pan­demic so we have in­tro­duced a spe­cial award — the Peo­ple’s Choice Award!

While we ex­pect that Covid-19 will fea­ture across the ma­jor­ity of the award cat­e­gories this year, the Peo­ple’s Choice

Award will specif­i­cally recog­nise our in­di­vid­u­als and teams who have re­sponded so mag­nif­i­cently to the chal­lenge of car­ing for peo­ple dur­ing the pan­demic, while at the same time main­tain­ing a range of es­sen­tial ser­vices and con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide es­sen­tial care.

The Peo­ple’s Choice Award will be put to a pub­lic vote af­ter nom­i­na­tions close on Septem­ber 30.

We’ll an­nounce the fi­nal­ists in the other cat­e­gories on Novem­ber 11 and all win­ners — in­clud­ing the win­ner of the Peo­ple’s Choice Award — will be an­nounced on De­cem­ber 9 at the vir­tual cer­e­mony which can be viewed on­line.

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