Nominate your Greater Manchester health and care champions!

10 January 2024

The only Greater Manchester-wide awards for our whole health and care workforce are back for their fifth year and are bigger and better than ever. 

As well as regular favourites such as Community Champion, Collaborative Champion and Rising Star, a new category has also been introduced this year, Team of the Year, which looks to recognise the value of good teamwork across our health and care services.  Nominations across all fourteen categories are now open and will close on Friday 15 March 2024. 

The awards are organised by NHS Greater Manchester (NHS GM), with support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. They were established back in 2018 and went virtual in 2021 due to the pandemic. They returned to a face-to-face celebration event in 2023, with a record number of nominations received.  

Last year’s winners included a consultant paediatric at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, a Rising Star care coordinator, who started her journey as an Afghan refugee and even a barber from Bolton, who took home the Community Champion Award. 

Nominations can be completed by colleagues or members of the public who wish to see an individual or team’s hard work recognised. Members of public can say a special thank you by nominating in our People’s Champion category, which is open for patients and service users only.

For full details on the nomination process you can visit the GM Champions website. 

The shortlist will be announced in the spring and winners will be revealed at a sponsored live ceremony in the summer. 

Janet Wilkinson, Chief People Officer, NHS Greater Manchester said: “After the success of the 2023 awards, I am delighted to announce that the Health and Care Champion Awards are back again for a fifth year. The awards are a great opportunity to recognise and thank all the people of Greater Manchester who go above and beyond at work or in their community. 

“Our health and care services are under immense pressures, but people continue to work tirelessly to deliver the best possible care. These awards really are the perfect opportunity to say thanks to those who go that extra mile either at work or perhaps in their spare time, so please do take five minutes to nominate them today.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “These awards are such a fantastic celebration of the commitment and dedication of the people who support health and care services across Greater Manchester. We all know that these are challenging times, and it takes a special type of person to work within or support the health and care sector. I would encourage anyone who has experienced outstanding care – either in hospital or in the community to make some time to give that someone the recognition they deserve. 

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