Celebrate your heroes in our Best of Health Awards

And the winners are... just a few of the winners from last night's Best of Health Awards held at the Stadium of Light.
And the winners are... just a few of the winners from last night's Best of Health Awards held at the Stadium of Light.
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FROM midwives to heart specialists – we’re hoping to honour them all in this year’s Best of Health awards.

Do you know an unsung hero in the health profession? Is there a nurse, doctor, dentist or carer who works tirelessly and lovingly in their job without ever seeking praise?

Then tell us all about the fantastic health professionals from Wearside and East Durham.

We are launching this year’s Sunderland Echo Best of Health Awards today and we want to make this year’s competition bigger and better than ever before.

We need your nominations in the categories listed below.

We shall be aiming to report on most of the nominated causes in the weeks to come.

That way, the top-class workers in our health profession get the publicity they deserve, whether or not they pick up an award at the end of the competition.

So come on, get nominating and let’s get the entries rolling in.

The competition is being held in association with City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, with Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group as a partner sponsor and Olivers Dental Studio and Gentoo as category sponsors.

Ken Bremner, chief executive of City Hospitals Sunderland, said: “We are pleased to once again be one of the sponsors for this year’s Best of Health Awards.

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity for Echo readers to recognise NHS workers who have provided care or made a difference to the quality of their lives or a member of their family. The North East is fortunate to have some of the best staff the NHS has to offer and to be nominated, let alone win, an award does a lot to boost morale.”

David Gallagher, chief officer, NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting the health awards in Sunderland again this year.

“As the organisation responsible for planning and buying NHS healthcare and health services in the city , our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of local people to achieve ‘Better Health for Sunderland’.

“These awards really give people the chance to see what Sunderland has 
to offer with all of our doctors, nurses and other health professionals all 
being celebrated at this prestigious event.”

A spokesman for Olivers Dental Studio said: ““We think it is great that all health care professionals at all levels are recognised for the amazing work they do across the City.

“We are particularly proud this year to be sponsoring the “carer of the year award” which is a great privilege for us. We wish everyone the best of luck.”

Gavin Foster, managing editor of the Sunderland Echo, said: “There are so many people who provide first-class care and we want to honour the very best of them.

“The only way we can honour our health heroes is for our readers to nominate them first.

“We want to make the judges’ job a really difficult one and that can only happen if we get a wealth of entries.”

Michelle Meldrum, managing director, Gentoo Operations said: “We are delighted to be involved in ‘Best of Health’ awards. It is so important to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups who are committed to caring for those in need, as well as support communities to improve their health and wellbeing. These are the people who go over and above to make a real difference to people’s lives - something we should be very proud of.”

All entries must be received by March 20. A panel of judges will meet around a week later to begin the difficult task of narrowing down the field.

They will draw up a shortlist in each of our categories. And all those who make it to the shortlist will be invited to the finals at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, April 16.

•Enter your nominations here

The categories

•GP of the Year.

•GP Practice of the Year.

•Hospital Doctor of the Year.

•Registered Nurse of the Year.

•Midwife of the Year.

•Health Care Assistant of the Year.

•Dentist of the Year.

•Practice Nurse of the Year.

•Dental Nurse of the Year.

•Hospital Team of the Year.

•Unsung Hero.

•Pharmacist of the Year.

•Care Worker of the Year.

•Customer Service Award.

•Long Term Achievement Award.

All entries must be received by March 20.

Judging will take place the next week.

And all those who make it to the shortlist will be invited to the glittering finals night to be held at the Stadium of Light on April 16.

Enter your nominations