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Celebrating our staff

We hold a number of awards ceremonies every single year to make sure that our staff know just how valued they are. These awards are open to all staff and are peer-nominated so that anyone can nominate or be nominated.

Health Heroes nominations are now open!

We are delighted to announce that the time of year has come again for us to launch the search for our Bay Health and Care Partners Health Heroes 2019/20!

Our Health Heroes aim to find those colleagues who deserve a special thank you for all they do, and we need your help in telling us who we should be recognising and why. The awards are your opportunity to celebrate and reward the dedication, commitment and innovation of individuals and teams who deliver services for our patients.

What are our Health Heroes awards?

The Health Heroes awards acknowledge the excellence and dedication from colleagues, governors and volunteers across our Bay Health and Care Partners. What makes the Health Heroes really special is that, along with colleagues, our patients, visitors and members of the public can nominate who they think we should be celebrating. This is really important because it is these individuals and their families that we all come into work every day to help and serve, so their opinion really matters.

Following on from the overwhelming success of last year’s ‘Team of the Year’ category where we received over 80 nominations, we have decided to split this category into two for 2019/20. This will ensure teams of all sizes are recognised and celebrated for going the extra mile and providing an exceptional service to our patients or colleagues across our hospitals and in the community.

Nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Patient Safety Award
  • Outstanding Improvement in Patient Experience Award
  • Going the Extra Mile Award (winner picked by patients)
  • Student / Trainee of the Year
  • Leader of the Year (winner picked by Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive)
  • Innovation and Research Award
  • Inclusion and Diversity Award
  • Team of the Year (under 10 people)
  • Team of the Year (over 10 people)

How do you nominate for Health Heroes? The full nomination pack, including further information on the categories, can be found on the staff awards page of the intranet or on our website. To nominate, simply complete the online form on our Trust website by clicking here. For further information about the awards, please contact the Corporate Communications Team on 01539 716675 or email

Nominations close on Friday 6 March 2020.

We really hope everyone will get behind these awards and let us know who goes above and beyond expectations so we can give them the recognition and thanks they deserve. You will be aware it was recently suggested through the Trust’s War on Waste campaign that we shouldn’t continue with the annual awards. Whilst we understand that this would save money, our Executive team still feel it is essential that we recognise and celebrate the outstanding work our colleagues do and the contribution they make on a daily basis - often in difficult circumstances. However we will ensure that the awards are as cost effective as possible, without detracting from the recognition of colleagues.

The staff recognition and long service awards bring together staff who have demonstrated excellence in their role and those who have worked for over 25, 35 or 40 years in the NHS.

Star of the Month and Star of the Quarter are our internal awards that highlight the great work of individuals from any department or hospital that has gone above and beyond in their role. The winners are displayed on boards at each hospital site for the remainder of the year.

Our staff are encouraged and supported to enter local and national awards for projects that they are involved in. A number of our staff have been recognised for their work this year already, with even more expected throughout the year. View our virtual awards cabinet here.