Visual of a multicoloured star with a white heart in the centre. The text reads: Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 2024.

Nominations are now open for the only Greater Manchester-wide awards which recognise the exemplary contributions of the whole health and care workforce.

The 14 categories in the Health and Care Champion Awards 2024 include Community Champion, Collaborative Champion and Rising Star.

In addition, the new Team of the Year category has been introduced. It recognises the value of good teamwork across our health and care services.

Nominations close on Friday 15 March.

The awards are organised by NHS Greater Manchester (NHS GM) with support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

They were established in 2018 and went virtual in 2021 due to the conronavirus pandemic. They returned to a face-to-face celebration event in 2023 when a record number of nominations were received.

Last year’s winners included a consultant paediatrician at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. There was also a “Rising Star” care coordinator who started her journey as an Afghan refugee. Meanwhile, a barber from Bolton took home the Community Champion Award.

Nominations for most categories can be made by colleagues or members of the public. Members of public and service users only also can say a special “thank you” by nominating their People’s Champion.

Full details of the nomination process are on our Champion Awards page.

The shortlist will be announced in the spring and winners will be revealed at a ceremony in the summer.

Recognising those who go above and beyond

Janet Wilkinson, Chief People Officer NHS GM, said: “After the success of 2023, I am delighted that the Health and Care Champion Awards are back for a fifth year. They are a great opportunity to recognise and thank all those who go above and beyond at work or in their community.

“Our health and care services are under immense pressures, but people continue to work tirelessly to deliver the best possible care. These awards really are the perfect opportunity to thank those who go that extra mile either at work or perhaps in their spare time. Please do take five minutes to nominate them today.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham added: “These awards are such a fantastic celebration of the commitment and dedication of the people who support health and care services across Greater Manchester.

“We all know that these are challenging times. It takes a special type of person to work within or support the health and care sector.

“I would encourage anyone who has experienced outstanding care, either in hospital or in the community, to give that someone the recognition they deserve.”

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