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26 August 2021
The Scottish Health Awards are the most prestigious and recognised awards for those working across NHS Scotland and its partners to deliver high quality health and social care services to the people of Scotland. Run by the Daily Record in partnership with NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, the awards are now well established in the Scottish calendar and recognise those that go that extra mile to improve the health and wellbeing of others.
Since March 2020, NHS Scotland and its partners across health and social care have risen to the challenge of dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The NHS was put on an emergency footing – maintaining urgent care, flexing capacity from paused services to meet demand and developing innovative ways of working.
Those working across health and social care have shown incredible resolve and flexibility, in many cases being deployed into new roles and into new ways of working across our health and social care system.
Please take the time to nominate someone you believe deserves to be recognised across the sixteen award categories for this year. Nominations close on 26 August 2021
While we expect that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will again feature across the majority of the award categories, the People’s Choice Award specifically recognises our individuals and teams who have responded so magnificently to the challenge of caring for people during the pandemic, while at the same time maintaining a range of essential services and continuing to provide essential care.
The People’s Choice Award will be put to a public vote after nominations close on 26 August and when our judging panel have selected the most inspiring nominations, you’ll be able to vote for your winner in this category.
We’ll announce the finalists in the other categories on 4 October and all winners – including the winner of the People’s Choice Award – will be announced on 4 November at the awards ceremony - we'll announce details of how you can join us nearer the time.
The sixteen award categories are:
• Support Worker Award
• Innovation Award
• Volunteers Award
• Midwife Award
• Allied Health Professional Award
• Young Achiever Award
• Unsung Hero Award
• Care for Mental Health Award
• Integrated Care Award
• Tackling Health Inequalities Award
• Leader of the Year Award
• Nurse Award
• Doctor Award
• Top Team Award
• Global Citizenship Award
• People’s Choice Award
Thursday 4 November
Support Worker Award
sponsored by UNISON NHS Lothian
Sponsored by NHS Research & SHIL
Sponsored by Royal College of Midwives
Allied Health Professional Award
Young Achiever Award
Unsung Hero Award
Care for Mental Health Award
Integrated Care Award
Tackling Health Inequalities Award
Sponsored by Scottish Government
Leader of the Year Award
Sponsored by NHS Education for Scotland
Sponsored by Unison Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Top Team Award
sponsored by UNISON Scotland Health Committee
Global Citizenship Award
People’s Choice Award
Sponsored by Alpha Solway
How It Works
Anyone can make a nomination for the Scottish Health Awards and we particularly welcome nominations from the general public who wish to nominate and recognise the contribution and achievements of:
- individuals, groups and teams delivering NHS or integrated health and social care services within an NHS, Health and Social Care Partnerships or a Local Authority environment; and
- individuals, groups and teams from partner organisations, charities or external organisations who provide health and social care services.
An individual, a group or a team can be nominated for a maximum of two award categories as long as each nomination satisfies the specific award criteria in each. The event organisers reserve the right to reassign nominations to a category that they believe most suited to the nomination.
Please note that individuals cannot nominate themselves but a nomination for a group or a team from an individual within that team will be accepted.
When making a nomination, please ensure that the person or people you are nominating are aware of your nomination and have agreed to you providing information about their work as well as their contact details. This is because the information you provide in the nomination form may be used as a basis for a written feature within Reach plc newspapers without Reach plc making contact with the person nominated to gain their consent. On that basis, we cannot accept nominations where the person being nominated hasn’t given agreement for you to share information about their work.
Your nomination should contain the following information:
- Why you want to nominate this individual/team?
- What were they trying to achieve?
- What did they do?
- What happened as a result?
Nominations can be made for individuals, groups or teams working in an NHS environment, Health and Social Care Partnerships or in a Local Authority environment delivering integrated health and social care services. Some award categories are open to partner organisations and to individuals from external organisations. Please read the award category descriptors carefully to decide the category most appropriate for the person or people you wish to nominate.
Nominations open on Tuesday 22 June and close at 5:00pm on Thursday 26 August. Nominations received after this time will not be accepted.
Profiles and photographs of the winners will be published on the Scottish Health Awards website.
The winners of the Scottish Health Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 4 November 2021
All completed nomination forms will be reviewed by a shortlisting panel who will select the top six scoring nominations in each award category to proceed to the next stage.
Shortlisted nominations will be reviewed by a judging panel which comprises a number of senior NHS Scotland and Health and Social Care Integration representatives, Scottish Government Health and Social Care Policy Officials and a representative from the Daily Record.
Each judge scores the shortlisted nominations separately and then the judging panel comes together to agree the three finalists (which will comprise the winner and two runners up) from each award category.
Where there is a tie break, the Chair of the Judging panel will have the casting vote.
All three finalists will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.
This year, we want to take the opportunity again to recognise the extraordinary work of NHS Scotland staff, social care staff and carers in responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, through the People’s Choice Award. You, the public will have the chance to vote for the winner. Voting for this award will open w.c 13 September 2021.
We will make contact with all of the people who have got through the first stage of the judging process (shortlisted nominations). At that point, we will be seeking agreement that, should they be successful in getting through to the Finalist stage, we have their permission to publish their name in the newspaper.
Voting for this award will open w.c 13 September. All other Awards finalists will be announced w.c 4 October 2021.
Award winners will be announced at the Scottish Health Awards Ceremony on Thursday 4 November 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
A person can be nominated for up to two category awards as long as each nomination satisfies the specific award criteria in that category. The event organisers reserve the right to reassign nominations to a category they believe is most suited to the nomination.
The judges’ decision will be based on the content of the nomination and what the person or team has done rather than the number of nominations that person or team has received. Multiple nominations do not carry any more weight and will not contribute to the judging outcome.
We may need to contact you and the person you are nominating to seek further information in order to progress your entry. Please provide accurate email addresses and mobile telephone numbers for this purpose and respond as quickly as you can if contacted.
We will make contact with all of the people nominated who have got through the first stage of the judging process. At that point, we will be seeking their agreement that, should they be successful in getting through to the Finalist stage, they give their permission for their name to be published in the newspaper.