After receiving almost 500 nominations, the shortlist for this year’s Greater Manchester Health & Care Champion Awards has now been announced.

36 individuals from across the NHS, local authorities, charities, care homes and many other sectors have been shortlisted across 12 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 virtual ceremony in November.

The event will also provide special recognition for those who have stood out over the past 18 months; our Young Champion as well as The Mayors Special Recognition Award.

The GM Champion Awards are the only Greater Manchester-wide awards to recognise those people who regularly go the extra mile to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester. This year’s awards are that extra bit special as we recognise those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic; from health and care staff to key workers, volunteers and community 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.

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.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said:

“I am pleased to support these Health and Care Champion Awards. They are even more special this year, as we are able to recognise everyone who has gone above and beyond during the pandemic. The last 18 months have been an incredibly hard and challenging time, especially for those working on the frontline in health and social care and those volunteering in their communities.

“With categories such as Key Worker and Returning Champion, we are able to thank those who have stepped up during one of the biggest health crises we have ever faced. Congratulations to the individuals and teams who have been shortlisted. Everyone who has been nominated should be proud – all these people play a vital role in improving the lives and outcomes of people across Greater Manchester.”

Sir Richard Leese, chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said:

“Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated in the 2021 Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards. These last 18 months have been extremely challenging for everyone. These awards show that there are clearly so many people out there who, every day, are risking their lives to help people in our region through the pandemic. I’d like to wish those shortlisted the very best of luck. To everyone that was nominated remember that you are all champions.”

And the nominees are …

Adaptable Champion

Tara Walters – Expert development patient officer at Manchester Local Care.

Paige Williams – HR Advisor at Wigan Council

Kelly Tattersall – Manager at Oldham Leisure Centre

Apprentice of the Year

Leah Fitzpatrick – Administrator Alvanley Medical Centre

Katie Hook  – Support Worker at Etherstone Day Centre

Carys Wheeldon – Apprentice at The Docs Surgery Manchester.

Collaborative Champion

Sue Povey, Mia Povey, Katie Mainwaring, Laura Sutton, Fran Grundy – Ex-flight crew who joined Bolton NHS FT

Amanda Rafferty – Manager at Stay in Touch Team at Salford CCG.

#TeamOldham – Made up of Oldham Council, Unity Partnership, Action Together and community organisations, commissioned partners and military aid to establish large scale asymptomatic test sites across the borough.

Community Champion

Pauline Town – Landlady and MBE for helping the homeless in Tameside.

Kim Rogers/Charlene Burns – Founders of the charity REEL CIC

Rachel and Lewey – Founder of Humans MCR

Inclusion Champion

St Ann’s Hospice who run across three sites in South Manchester – Palliative care for the homeless.

Salford CCG – Made up of Adult Safeguarding Team, Learning Disability Team (Salford Royal Foundation Trust),Salford Primary Care Together and Salford GP practices who are supporting people with learning disabilities

Mohammed Tariq – Senior clinical coder at Rochdale Care Organisation.

Innovation Champion

Cygnet Team – Northern Care Alliance NHS group so that covid patients don’t die alone.

Andy Ustianowski – Infectious disease consultant at North Manchester Hospital.

Mortuary Team – Tameside and Glossop Hospital

Key Worker Champion

Sheila Cunningham – Operation Branch Supervisor for GMP

Frances Murray – Director of Homeshine Ltd

Thomas Newby – St Johns Ambulance volunteer

Leadership Champion

Dr Helen Wall- Lead the covid vaccinations for Bolton CCG.

Faisal Bokhari – Deputy Head of Medicines at Tameside and Glossop.

Mohsan Ahmed – Oldham Dental Practitioner.

Returning Champion

Kathryn Haslam – Community Services in Oldham and became a cygnet.

Sheila Fisher – Vaccination site in Wigan.

Christine Dean – Nurse for Trafford CCG.

Student of The Year

Meera Saravanan – Wellbeing Activist for GMCA

Amber Lynch – Physiotherapy student Manchester Metropolitan

Annabel Clark – Adult nursing course at the University of Salford

Volunteer Champion

Hassan Patel and Imran Musa – Cultural Support Volunteers in Bolton

Donna Thomas – CEO of The Antony Seddon Fund

Ayesha Arif – Volunteer at Bury’s Asian Women’s Centre.

Wellbeing Champion

Aba Graham – Race relations advocate in Stockport.

Guy Hampson – Reformed Prisoner and now life coach at Third Space Bolton.

Abdul Shakoor – BAME Covid 19, Dementia, Learning Disabilities Link Worker in Oldham.




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