Greater Manchester’s Health and Care Champions Awards – Shortlist Announced

The shortlist has now been announced after hundreds of nominations were received for the first ever Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards.

33 champions have been shortlisted from almost 400 nominations completed by patients, colleagues and the general public from across Greater Manchester. They include: a GP, a social worker, nurses, carers, volunteers, a support group for fathers and many more.

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.

The awards are organised by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the body that oversees the area’s £6bn devolved health and social care budget, with support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

Award categories include ‘Outstanding Carer’, ‘Apprentice of the Year’, ‘Dedication to volunteering’ and the ‘People’s Champion’. All nominations will be considered by a judging panel and the winners announced at a sponsored event in July. We will be sharing some of the stories of these outstanding champions over the coming weeks.

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said:
“I would like to congratulate every single individual and team that has been nominated for an award. Just to be nominated is a real achievement in itself and is recognition of the difference these people are making in their communities.

“The Champion Awards were introduced to give our health and care workforce the recognition they deserve for going above and beyond, and the number of nominees received demonstrates the wide range of brilliant work taking place across Greater Manchester.

“I would also like to congratulate the 33 outstanding nominees who have been shortlisted. We received so many impressive nominations, making the task of shortlisting extremely difficult for our panel. I would like to wish all 33 nominees the best of luck ahead of the ceremony in July.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “I am really pleased with the way the people of Greater Manchester have embraced this opportunity to recognise the people who work around the clock to keep our communities well.

“It is fantastic to see such a variation represented in our shortlist. From GPs and nurses to father support groups and home carers – they all play a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. I look forward to meeting all of our outstanding shortlisted nominees at the ceremony in July.”

Full list of shortlisted nominees

Apprentice of the Year:
Mouter Abbass, Bolton Community Practice
Alex Milhench, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Rezwana Raidah, Alvanley Family Practice, Stockport

Greater Manchester Young Carers Board
Salford Workforce Walking Champions, Salford CCG
SWAN Bereavement Squad, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

Dedication to Volunteering:
Bill McKenna, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
St Ann’s Hospice Volunteering Team, Manchester
Village Angels, LGBT Foundation

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion:
Maqsood Ahmed, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
Emerge 16-17 Community Mental Health Team, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Revive Dental Care

Carole Kelly, Jolly Josh, Rochdale
Dadly Does It, Unlimited Potential, Salford & Rochdale
Sow the City, Manchester

Leader Across Boundaries:
Care Home Facilitators, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Jaweedo Idoo, Stockport Neighbourhood Care
The SPICE Group, Future Directions

Leader in Supporting Talent Development:
Julie Hoszowskyj, Mary and Joseph House, Manchester
Lisa Hufton, Pennine Care, Rochdale
Melanie Wildman, Royal Oldham Hospital

Outstanding Carer:
John Chiocchi, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Pauline Fardon, Rochdale Carers Hub
Elizabeth Stanley, Wraparound Partnership

People’s Champion:
Simone Litvaitis, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton
Kathryn Roughley, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan
Willow Wood Hospice, Ashton under Lyne

Rising Star:
Ben Andrew, Unlimited Potential, Salford
Sadjo Djalo, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Kealey Wheatcroft, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Bury

Student of the Year:
Kim Gray, Care and Share Associates
Sophie Kelly, University of Salford
Joshua Strange, University of Manchester

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