Unsung Hero Award celebrates dedicated non-medical NHS staff

Award to honour lesser-noticed NHS staff and conclude with ceremony in early 2017

GoToJobBoard is once again holding its annual Unsung Hero Award and is asking people to nominate non-medical NHS staff who they think deserve more recognition for helping fellow colleagues and caring for patients. 

The Manchester-based job board has been running the Unsung Hero Award since 2014, with the nationwide initiative designed to celebrate the achievements of non-medical workers whose incredible work might usually go unnoticed.

GoToJobBoard’s Mark Cherry said: “Without them [non-medical NHS staff] there would be no National Health Service, so it is important to recognise and reward their hard work on a national scale, and that is what the awards are all about.”

Mark has ambitions for the third incarnation of GoToJobBoard’s Unsung Hero Award to be bigger than ever. This year, for the first time, nominees will be invited to a special ceremony in Manchester that will bring the award to a fitting close – winners will be announced at the event. 

The award ceremony will take place on 3 February 2017 at The Place Hotel in Manchester city centre.unsung winner

Three winners were chosen in 2016 – Enid Dunn, the mother of Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton, who began volunteering at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and was nominated for helping women recovering from breast surgery; Rehanah Sadiq, Senior Muslim Chaplain at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, who was nominated for supporting patients through their most challenging moments; and James Long, Facilities and Patients Manager at St Pancras Hospital, for his work improving the day-to-day lives of patients with serious illnesses.

49 per cent of the NHS’s workforce is made up of non-medical staff, such as healthcare assistants, unsung awardambulance drivers and clerical workers – these people are a vital part of keeping day-to-day operations running smoothly. It’s these, often unnoticed, but no-less-important members of the NHS’s workforce that the Unsung Hero Award is all about.  

Nominations are being accepted from 1 October 2016 using the form on the GoToJobBoard Unsung Hero Award page, or they can be sent to unsunghero@gotojobboard.com

People are also encouraged to get involved on social media using the #NHSUnsungHero hashtag.

For more information about the Unsung Hero Award please email unsunghero@gotojobboard.com or call GoToJobBoard on 0161 214 7991.