Nominations are now open for the first ever Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards.

The awards will see Greater Manchester’s health and care champions; from doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers and pharmacists, to care workers, unpaid carers, apprentices and volunteers, receive the recognition they deserve for really making a difference in our communities.

The Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 2018 are the first in the city-region to recognise members of our paid and unpaid health and care workforce who regularly go above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester.

Award categories include ‘Outstanding Carer’, ‘Apprentice of the Year’, ‘Dedication to volunteering’ and the ‘People’s Champion’. The awards are open to all individuals or teams, paid or unpaid, who work in the health or care sector in Greater Manchester. Nominations can be completed by members of the public who wish to see an individual or team’s hard work recognised.

Nominations can be completed online by visiting www.gmchampionawards.co.uk and must be returned before the deadline of 13th April 2018.

The awards are organised by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the body overseeing devolution of the area’s health and social care budget, with support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

The winners will be announced at a sponsored event in July.

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said: “There are thousands of people across Greater Manchester who work incredibly hard, day in and day out, to provide the people of Greater Manchester with the best health and care services. These awards are a valuable opportunity to thank them for all they do.

“If you have experienced outstanding care in a hospital, in your local GP practice, or at the dentist, or you know a care worker who regularly goes the extra mile for a friend or loved one, or a volunteer who dedicates their spare time to helping others, why not complete a nomination today and help give them the recognition they deserve?”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “I am extremely proud to support these awards – the first in Greater Manchester to recognise the contribution of our health and care workforce – from doctors and nurses, to unpaid carers and volunteers. It is really important that we make the most of this opportunity to celebrate the unsung heroes that work round the clock to keep our communities well.”

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