Here are the categories for you to nominate your Best of Health heroes

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THE search for our health heroes is under way - and now we need you to start putting names forward.

It’s time to get in touch and let us know who you think is doing outstanding work in the Hartlepool health sector.

We have already had interest in this year’s competition but the only way we can consider people for awards is by having them nominated.

The following are the sectors in which we hope to find outstanding people:

• GP of the Year;

• GP Practice of the Year;

• Dentist of the Year;

• Nurse of the Year;

• Team of the Year;

• Optometrist of the Year;

• Pharmacist of the Year;

• Carer of the Year;

• Midwife of the Year;

• Receptionist of the Year;

• Long Term Achievement;

• Health Care Apprentice/Student.

Last year, we had an outstanding response to the competition with more than 100 entrants and more than 300 people putting in nominations.

But we are sure we can do even better this year and we can only do that with your help.

We want to hear about the excellent dentists, doctors, midwives and nurses.

We want nominations for carers, receptionists, students, optometrists and teams of people in the health sector.

In the coming weeks, we will be reporting on many of the outstanding people whose names have been put in the hat.

All we need now is for you to come forward with worthy contenders. It could be someone who help you when you were sick, someone who gave you excellent dental work, someone who helped you become a parent - or any other sector of the health spectrum.

Judges are looking for evidence of nominated teams and individuals who consistently deliver high quality services and show an excellent attitude towards patients in the Hartlepool area.

They want people who get on with their job but whose drive and commitment always shines through. They should go the extra mile while always keeping in sight the wellbeing of those whose care they are involved in.

It’s easy to put someone in the running for a trophy. You can either just fill in the form on this page, or visit the Hartlepool Mail website and follow the easy-to-use nomination section whih has a link on the home page.