After receiving almost 400 nominations, the shortlist for this year’s Greater Manchester Health & Care Champion Awards has now been announced.

30 individuals and teams, working in the NHS, a school, local authorities, charities, care homes and many other sectors have been shortlisted across 10 different categories. A panel made up of representatives from across our public services, plus patient representatives, reviewed all the nominations and agreed the final shortlist. The winners themselves will be announced at a ceremony in July.

The event will also provide special recognition of all the unwaged carers who dedicate so much of their time and effort to others. Carers representing the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester will take to the stage to receive an award acknowledging them all.

The Greater Manchester Health & Care Champion Awards are the only awards that celebrate and recognise our employed and unwaged workforce right across Greater Manchester, who regularly go above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in our communities.

The awards are organised by Greater Manchester Health & 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.

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

“Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated in the Champion Awards. Reading through the nominations was a moving experience. There are clearly so many people out there who, every day, are working hard to better the lives of the people in our region. Agreeing the final shortlist was very difficult but I would like to wish the nominees the very best of luck.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said:

“These awards are an opportunity to recognise the people who work around the clock to keep our communities well. I am really pleased that so many people have got involved and sent in their nominations.
“A wide range of people and organisations have made the shortlist including apprentices, students, hospital departments, midwives, a plastic surgeon, charity workers, fundraisers and many more.

“All these people play a vital role in improving the lives and outcomes of people across Greater Manchester. I look forward to meeting the nominees at the awards ceremony.”

The full list of shortlisted nominees is as follows:

Apprentice of the Year

  • Lucy Coke, Clerical Officer, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rosalie Taylor, Support Worker, Be Caring, Manchester
  • Sarah Brooksbank, Modern Apprentice – Carers Service, Tameside MBC


  • Emma Dickenson, Control Room Triage Operations Manager, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Homeless & Vulnerable Adults Team, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust & Bolton at Home
  • Occupational Therapy Café Team, University of Salford

Dedication to Volunteering

  • Angela Wild, Fundraiser for multiple organisations
  • Beverly Warner, Making a Difference – Tameside
  • Katherine Chapman, Parent Champion for Manchester Council / Manchester LCO

Inclusion Champion

  • Early Help & Schools Team, Rochdale Borough Council
  • Jude Edwards, Head of Practice Development, St Ann’s Hospice
  • Women’s Programme, LGBT Foundation


  • Alex Hoskyn, Social Worker, Oldham Social Services
  • MSK CATS Service, Integration of Health Checks, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust / Northern Care Alliance
  • Steve Marsland, Head Teacher, Russell Scott Primary School, Tameside

Leader Across Boundaries

  • Karen James, Chief Executive at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and Steven Pleasant MBE, Chief Executive at Tameside Council and Accountable Officer of Tameside and Glossop CCG
  • Saving Babies Lives Champions, Lead Midwives, all 9 maternity providers & 1 SCN
  • Ruth Bardsley, Public Health Programme Officer, Rochdale Borough Council

Leader in Supporting Talent Development

  • Lynn Smith, Dental Education Manager, Health Education England
  • Alvine Andrews, Registered Manager, Alternative Futures Group, Oak Lodge, Bolton
  • Michelle Therman, High Risk Foot Team Podiatrist, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

People’s Champion

  • Janine Hussey, Practice Nurse, The Height General Practice, Salford
  • Sheilagh Armstrong, Advanced Practitioner, Mastercall, The Wellspring Charity, Stockport (part funded by Public Health England)
  • Siobhan O’Ceallaigh, Consultant Plastic Surgeon (Breast), Manchester University Foundation Trust

Rising Star

  • Chloe Johnson, Apprentice – Place Team, Rochdale Borough Council
  • Dr Yaser Al-Khafaji, GP, GTD Healthcare, Brookdale Surgery, Manchester
  • Paco Pakowski, Regional Improvement Manager, Advinia Health Care, Burrswood Care Home, Bury

Student of the Year

  • Rajiv Sethi, Medical Student / MPH Graduate, University of Manchester
  • Jennifer Harrison, Children & Young Peoples Student Nurse, University of Salford
  • Jessie Lee, Organiser, Medical Student, University of Manchester



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