Nominate your local health hero

As NHSScotland celebrates its 65th year, people in the Western Isles are being urged to nominate their local healthcare hero.

Every year, the Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward the dedicated NHS staff, support workers, volunteers and specialist teams who go the extra mile to provide outstanding patient care.

With the NHS in Scotland helping more than 150,000 Scots every day, nominations are being sought from those who want to acknowledge the quality of treatment they have received, either for themselves or a loved one.

Whether in hospital, in the community, in a GP surgery, or at the dentist, as the NHS marks its 65th year, there has never been a better time to reward the people who give so much, helping the NHS provide world-class care to the people of Scotland.

Gordon Jamieson, Chief Executive, NHS Western Isles, said: “Every day in the Western Isles, patients receive person-centred, high quality care from healthcare staff, and we often hear informally from these patients about how they appreciate the care and support that our staff have delivered.

“Ensuring that the patient experience is as positive as possible is what matters most to our staff and receiving positive feedback on the care they provide, from the patients themselves, is invaluable.”

He continued: “The Scottish Health Awards give patients the opportunity to formally acknowledge healthcare staff who have delivered a first class service to them.

“I would therefore like to encourage local people and staff within NHS Western Isles to nominate individuals and teams who have gone that extra mile to deliver first class quality healthcare.”

Last year, Joan Frieslick and her team at Western Isles Hospital were shortlisted for the Innovating for Quality Award at the Scottish Health Awards 2012.

There are 16 award categories, including the Nurses Award, the Volunteers Award, the Top Team Award and the renowned Doctors Award.

The awards will culminate in a prestigious award ceremony on the 7th November at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, said: “As Health Secretary I have many opportunities to see at first hand the excellent work that goes on to provide the highest quality of health and social care to the people of Scotland.

“The energy, commitment and compassion shown by people working in our NHS and across its partners in care is truly amazing.

“The Scottish Health Awards provide us with a fantastic opportunity to recognise those who go that extra mile to provide the very best of care.

“This year marks the 65th Anniversary of the NHS in Scotland and, as we reflect on how far our NHSScotland has come, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the hard work of those people,” he went on.

“The awards celebrate the contribution of frontline health and social care workers but also those who work so hard behind the scenes in support roles to ensure we have the kind of healthcare and care services that are the envy of many other countries.

“I hope patients, the public and staff will take the opportunity to nominate the people who deserve to be recognised for their work.”

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The closing date for nominations is the 6th September.


Doctors Award – both doctors and nurses in practices or hospitals across Scotland

Nurses Award – nursing teams in general care, community care or specialist care

Therapists Award – range of therapists from physiotherapy to dental hygiene

Unsung Hero Award – getting on with their work but bringing much more to their job

Support Workers Award – ranging from auxiliaries, cleaners, porters – there’s so many

Volunteers Award – unpaid assistance that makes healthcare experience so much better

Top Team Award – Scotland’s top NHS team can come from any service in the country

Care for Mental Health Award – working with vulnerable members of our communities

Care for Long-Term Illness Award – specialist care teams who are always on hand

Services to Women and Children Award – individuals and teams who provide specialist early years services and care for children and their families

Healthier Lifestyle Award – individuals and teams who are motivating and supporting people to lead healthier lifestyles

Health in the Workplace Award – recognising employers who have made a contribution to the health and wellbeing of their employees

Integrated Care for Older People Award – celebrating health and social care staff who provide vital healthcare and personal support to older people

Innovation Award – rewarding new and innovative ways of improving the quality of healthcare

Quality Champion of the Year – to honour those who have put quality improvement at the heart of what they do to transform patient care.

Leading and Managing for Quality Award – is aimed at outstanding and resilient managers and leaders who strive for quality at everything they do.

Your nominee must work for NHSScotland, with the exception of the Healthier Lifestyle, the Volunteer, the Health Promoting Business, the Integrated Care for Older People and the Unsung Hero categories.