There are 13 awards recognising the different but equally important contributions of our health and care champions; categories include our key worker and community champions, those who have driven innovation, volunteers, leaders at any level and those who have helped improve the wellbeing of those around them during such a challenging year.
You might also want to take a minute to read our nomination guidance.
Full list of award categories:
This award recognises an individual who has returned to their profession to help support our health and care services. The individual has either come out of retirement, returned from a career break or a career in private practice, or another profession, to support the pandemic response. Since returning, they have been a health and care champion, making a difference to others.
This award recognises an individual who has temporarily worked in a different or unfamiliar setting. The individual has taken on a new role (perhaps they were deployed or taken on a new role due to being furloughed) either within their own organisation or in a different organisation. They have stepped out of their comfort zone to adapt to their new role and shown dedication and resilience to go above and beyond for others.
This award recognises an individual or group in the community for supporting others during such challenging times. They may have rallied a team to volunteer to help the vulnerable or taken the initiative to set up a local support network. Their commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of others sets them apart. Winner of this award will be chosen by MEN readers.
Young Champion of the Year
This award recognises the contribution of under 16s in improving the health and wellbeing of others. They have demonstrated dedication to their family or members of their community by providing a vital lifeline through companionship, fundraising or other additional support during the pandemic. They have made an enormous difference to those they have helped.
Student of the Year
This award recognises students for their outstanding commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester. They have gone over and above expectations and their role as a student (maybe taking on a different role to support our health and care system) and have continued to demonstrate dedication to their development during a challenging time.
*This award is open to all students in further or higher education and/or those who graduated/completed their studies within the last 12 months.
Apprentice of the Year
This award recognises apprentices for their outstanding commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester. They have gone over and above expectations and their role as an apprentice (maybe taking on a different role to support our health and care system) and have demonstrated dedication to their development during a challenging time.
*This award is open to all current apprentices and those who completed an apprenticeship programme within the last 12 months.
Key Worker Champion
This award recognises those who have worked as a ‘key’ or ‘essential’ worker outside health and care and have made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of others. They worked as a key worker for a significant period of time during the pandemic and have gone over and above to help others across Greater Manchester.
This award recognises the contribution of individuals and teams of volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of others, such as service users, patients, carers or staff and other volunteers. They have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and enthusiasm to their role as a volunteer.
This award recognises an individual who has shown strong leadership at any level – driving positive change for the benefit of others. During the pandemic they have inspired people to come together and work towards achieving something that makes a difference. They look beyond organisational boundaries and see the potential of their colleagues to support the broader system.
This award recognises an individual or team whose ideas or innovation at a time of crisis resulted in a positive change for others. They have looked beyond organisational boundaries in delivering innovation with maximum benefits and are not afraid of challenging ways of working and thinking about things differently.
This award is for an individual or team who helped deliver initiatives aimed at supporting the physical and mental health and wellbeing of others. Through their work they have helped raise the awareness of mental health and/or wellbeing during the pandemic.
This award is for an individual or team who has gone the extra mile to champion equality, diversity and inclusion. They recognised the challenges of the pandemic for one or more groups of people and knew something needed to change. They weren’t afraid to take action and their action/s have had a demonstrable impact on the experience of others.
This award recognises multiple teams, organisations or agencies that have come together to respond to the pandemic and have made a powerful impact through their work. The collaboration is made up of people who do not normally work together. They came together and utilised the skills of their team to make a difference for their colleagues, those they care for or their communities.
The deadline for nominations is 16 August 2021.
Please let us know if you require this information in an alternative format. Unfortunately, due to current working arrangements we are not able to receive nominations by post.