THE Hartlepool Mail has launched its Best of Health Awards 2012 to honour those unsung heroes working in the health profession.
The annual awards are aimed at publicly honouring those dedicated and devoted people who work tirelessly for the benefit of others and whose care and compassion has helped change lives.
We want to publicly praise the town’s marvellous medical staff but we need you, our readers, to tell us who they are.
Health sector workers will be honoured for their dedication and devotion, care and compassion and professionalism in what is an increasingly-challenging field.
The awards will honour health professionals at all levels including doctors, nurses, GP and dental practices, opticians, hospital teams, community workers, carers and those with long and distinguished service.
The awards are being backed by bosses at both NHS Hartlepool and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and local health companies IntraHealth and Hart Biologicals.
Also on board are Hartlepool College of Further Education, Cleveland Fire Support Network and The Academy at Shotton Hall.
Steve Wallace, chairman of NHS Hartlepool said: “It is the third year we’ve sponsored the Hartlepool Mail’s Best of Health Awards and I always feel it is an excellent opportunity to showcase the talent we have here in Hartlepool.”
Dr Boleslaw Posmyk, chairman of Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I’m really enthusiastic about these awards, representing NHS Hartlepool.
“It is an excellent opportunity for the health services in this town to be recognised.
“I feel very passionate about these awards as it recognises the people and services that go above and beyond the call of duty.
“I would encourage everyone to nominate people and services in one of the categories.”
Linda Watson, clinical director for community services at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that once again we have the chance to acknowledge and celebrate the work of the amazing people who make such a difference to patients and the public living in the Hartlepool Mail area.
“We have staff looking after people throughout every aspect of their care.
“Every day they enhance and enrich people’s lives, either by helping them to stay healthy, supporting them at home or caring for them in the community or in hospital. Regardless of where our staff are working and what job they do they all share a passion for caring and we are very proud of them and the work they do.”
The awards were launched at One Life Hartlepool, where sponsors gathered to give their backing to the prestigious initiative.
Elizabeth Carroll, patient and community liason officer of IntraHealth, which has supported the awards in recent years, said it was a great way to honour dedicated staff.
IntraHealth picked up three awards at last year’s ceremony including the flagship GP Practice of the Year Award.
She said: “We are yet again fully committed to supporting these awards.
“To win three awards last year was amazing but simply being involved in them is an honour in itself.
“They are a marvellous way to showcase the excellence and expertise that could otherwise quite easily go unrecognised.”
Mal Pattison, operations manager of Hart Bilogicals, is also again backing the prestigious awards.
He said: “We fully support everything to do with healthcare in our own town.
“These awards recognise the great work that paid professionals, volunteers and carers do in Hartlepool and neighbouring communities.
“We are yet again proud and honoured to be able to help recognise them through the Hartlepool Mail’s fantastic awards.”
Once again backing the awards is the charitable Cleveland Fire Support Network. Chief executive Heather Whyman said: “We are once again thrilled to be part of the Best Of Health Awards.
“This is the second year our charity has been involved and we are delighted to be part of such a worthwhile event again.
“The event honours the hard work, dedication and commitment of local health professionals in Hartlepool and it is great that the Mail can publicly celebrate their dedication and devotion.
“ I would urge everyone to nominate these people who are the true unsung heroes and worthy of any credit they get.”
Helen Watts, marketing manager at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “We are delighted to yet again be involved with the Hartlepool Mail’s Best of Health Awards.
“The college is at the heart of the community and works closely with many health professionals.
“We know exactly how dedicated and determined they are and it is right that they should be recognised.
“There are some amazing people in the health care sector and I would urge everyone to nominate these heroes who work tirelessly in our community.”
Sponsoring it for the first time this year is The Academy at Shotton Hall.
Principal Lesley Powell said: “We are proud to be part of the Hartlepool Mail’s Best of health Awards.
“Being part of the public sector we recognise the hard work and dedication that goes into making our health service one that is admired all over the world.’
A judging panel will meet in mid-june and the winners will be announced at a plush black-tie evening ceremony at Hardwick Hall Hotel, in Sedgefield, later that month.