A team of 11 fantastic workers found themselves collecting an award - and now they’re the talk of their profession.
The neurophysiology department at Sunderland Royal Hospital collected the Health Care Scientist title at last year’s Best of Health Awards.
We had a fantastic night at the awards and it was amazing to see all the different professionals within the NHSDebra Young
Head of the department Debra Young told of the effect that the win had on the whole team.
“We emailed everyone we knew in the health care scientist world. Since then, we have been waving the banner for the awards.
“We have spoken to our professional body and were published in their publication for all the hard work that everyone does.”
The team does tests on the brain and nervous system for everyone from prematurely born babies to the elderly.
Their work is in relation to diseases and conditions such as meningitis, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, motor neurone disease, and encephalitis.
As well as testing, the department is also involved in diagnostic work.
And while the health care scientists sector makes up just 5% of the healthcare workforce in the UK, 80% of all diagnoses can be attributed to their work.
Debra said: “We had a fantastic night at the awards and it was amazing to see all the different professionals within the NHS.”
Sponsors for this year’s awards are South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, and the Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.
We thank them all for their fantastic backing and watch out for more information on each in the weeks to come.
In the meantime, we need your entries to truly reward those who deserve praise.
The deadline for all nominations is Monday, April 2, and the judges will meet the following week to decide on the shortlist.
The grand finale will be held at the Roker Hotel in Sunderland on Thursday, April 26.
To nominate, just send your name, address and telephone number, as well as your email address, if applicable. Remember to include the category you are putting your nominated cause into.
Also send the name of the person you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email (if known).
Send all the details to Lynn Wild by no later than Monday, April 2.
Email those entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.
GP/ Practice of the Year.
Hospital Doctor of the Year.
Nurse of the Year.
Community Nurse of the Year.
Dentist/ Practice of the Year.
Optometrist of the Year.
Therapist of the Year.
Care worker of the Year.
Dental Nurse of the Year.
Midwife of the Year.
Pharmacist of the Year.
Team of the Year.
Customer Service/ Unsung hero Award.
Long term Achievement.