Thrilled to take part

Heather Whyman, Chief Executive Officer for Cleveland Fire Support Network
Heather Whyman, Chief Executive Officer for Cleveland Fire Support Network
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A sponsor behind the Best of Health awards has spoken of their delight at being involved.

The annual Hartlepool Mail search for the unsung heroes in the health profession promises to be a fantastic project.

And one of the backers of the competition is thrilled to be taking part once more.

Heather Whyman, the chief executive of the charitable Cleveland Fire Support Network, told us: “It is a privilege and a pleasure being involved again for our third consecutive year, supporting the Best of Health Awards.”

But Heather told how the awards would be tinged with sadness this year because of the strong links that Mail head of news Paul Watson had with the event.

Paul was the co-ordinator of news coverage of the awards in previous year. Sadly, he died in November last year from a heart attack, aged 50.

Heather said: “For me personally this is also a bitter sweet moment as it reminds me of the wonderful Paul Watson who sadly passed away, but who was a great supporter of our charity and the work we do in the community of Hartlepool.

“Well done to all of the candidates who work tirelessly daily promoting healthy life styles and who are passionate about their field of expertise within health.”

This year, the awards are being backed by NHS Hartlepool, the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, IntraHealth, Seneca Homes, and the Cleveland Fire Support Network.

It could not be easier for people to nominate their health heroes.

All you have to do is fill in the above form and send it to us, or go online at and you’ll find the entry form there as well. Just follow the Best of Health awards link.

Entries will be taken in the following categories:

l GP of the Year;

l GP Practice of the Year;

l Dentist of the Year;

l Nurse of the Year;

l Team of the Year;

l Optometrist of the Year;

l Pharmacist of the Year;

l Carer of the Year;

l Midwife of the Year;

l Receptionist of the Year;

l Long Term Achievement;

l Health Care Apprentice/Student.

In all categories, judges will be looking for evidence of how nominated teams and individuals have consistently delivered high quality patient-centred services and/or examples of demonstrating an excellent attitude towards patients in the Hartlepool area.

The nomination forms will also be made available in reception areas, waiting rooms and other general areas over the next few weeks.

Send your completed forms to Lynn Wild, Echo House, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

The deadline for entries is Monday, May 6, and nominations can be made by members of the public or colleagues.