Health and care awards
Picture by Chris Bull for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Fourteen outstanding health and care champions have been celebrated as winners at the first ever Greater Manchester-wide awards for our health and care workforce at the Museum of Science and Industry on Friday night (Friday 13th July).

Winners on the night included ten year old Keira Arnold from Oldham, who received the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Special Contribution Award for her fundraising efforts for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Keira has raised over £6,000 to help grant the last wishes of hospice residents, as a thank you to the hospice team that cared for her father in his final days when she was four years old.

Mental health social worker Simone Litvaitis was crowned the People’s Champion, after being nominated by a service user who says her support changed, and probably saved their life. And the Village Angels and Haven Volunteers were recognised for their commitment to keeping people safe in Manchester’s Gay Village with the Dedication to Volunteering Award.

The team who came together in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena terror attack to help support the families of the victims, the SWAN Bereavement Squad, were awarded the Collaboration Award. The team is made up of nurses, coroners, police family liaison officers and mortuary staff.

Special recognition was also given to Greater Manchester’s 280,000+ unwaged carers, as three nominated carers were invited on stage to accept the Outstanding Carer Award on behalf of all unwaged carers.

The event was hosted by BBC North West Tonight’s Annabel Tiffin and was attended by over 200 guests, including nominees and their family and friends, their nominators, and health and care leaders from across the region.

The Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 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.

The awards were organised by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership with support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

The event was kindly sponsored by Gold Sponsor GE Healthcare Partners, Centrica, the Growth Company, Health Innovation Manchester, Hempsons, Hits Radio, KPMG, NHS Professionals, all four Greater Manchester universities, Neyber, PA Consulting and Salary Finance.

 Jon Rouse, Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said:

“What a special night! It was fantastic to bring together so many champions from across Greater Manchester; from hospital staff, to community teams, the voluntary sector and unwaged carers and to thank them for their dedication and celebrate their achievements.

“All our shortlisted nominees are champions in their own right, but I would like to congratulate our fourteen very deserving winners. Congratulations and keep up the great work.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said:

“I am really proud to support these incredibly important awards. They are all about taking the time to thank our health and care workforce for going the extra mile day in and day out, to keep our communities well. I was blown away by the stories of all our shortlisted nominees and I am glad these awards have helped bring them into the spotlight. Their hard work and compassion is an inspiration to us all.

“I would like to congratulate all of our winners – you make Greater Manchester proud.”

Full list of winners:

Apprentice of the Year:

Rezwana Raidah, Alvanley Family Practice, Stockport


SWAN Bereavement Squad, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group*

Dedication to Volunteering:

Village Angels and Haven Volunteers, LGBT Foundation

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion:

Revive Dental Care, across Greater Manchester


Dadly Does It, Unlimited Potential, Salford & Rochdale

 Leader Across Boundaries

The SPICE Group, Future Directions, across Greater Manchester

Leader in Supporting Talent Development:

Julie Hoszowskyj, Mary and Joseph House, Manchester

Mayor’s Special Contribution Award:

Keira Arnold, fundraiser for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, Oldham

Outstanding Carer:

John Chiocchi, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Pauline Fardon, Rochdale Carers Hub

Elizabeth Stanley, Wraparound Partnership

*All three nominees received this recognition on behalf of all unwaged carers across Greater Manchester

People’s Champion:

Simone Litvaitis, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton

 Rising Star:

Kealy Wheatcroft, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Bury and Wigan

Student of the Year:

Joshua Strange, University of Manchester



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  • I was born in park hospital 9th march 1938 I remember the national health starting going to the clinic for checking you teeth I am 80 now still got most of my thing ever no tb or polo or scarlet fever like when we were kids