Nominate your healthcare hero for 2013
PUBLISHED: 09:16 15 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:16 15 November 2013
The search is on to find East Devon's Healthcare Hero for 2013.
For the second consecutive year the Sidmouth Herald is running the Healthcare Hero Awards in conjunction with the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, to recognise staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Herald readers are invited to nominate any member of the trust’s staff - no matter what their job role - who they feel deserves to be recognised and rewarded.
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust managed all the community hospitals in East Devon and its community nursing and therapy teams care for people in their own homes throughout the area.
Jac Kelly, the trust’s chief executive, said: “Our staff care passionately about our patients’ health and wellbeing and do a huge amount of excellent unsung work, whether in a hospital, in a health centre or when visiting people in their own home.
“We receive many letters, emails and phone calls each week from patients and their families, which highlight the positive impact our staff have had on their lives.
“While this makes me very proud, I want to make sure our unsung heroes are recognised and honoured officially for going the extra mile.
“The Healthcare Hero Awards give us the perfect opportunity to do this.”
The trust has about 4,500 employees across Devon and all are eligible for nomination, including nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants, therapists and support staff such as cleaners, porters and administrators.
Mrs Kelly added: “We value all our staff and appreciate the commitment they make to provide the best possible care to the people of East Devon and elsewhere in the county.
“Please come forward and help us find that special member of staff who will be our Healthcare Hero for 2013.”
The public are being asked to email or write to the Herald with their stories of how the trust’s staff have provided exceptional care and support to them and their families.
Send nominations to reporter Katy Griffin at email@example.com or write to: Sidmouth Herald, Fair Oak Close, Exeter Airport Business Park, Clyst Honiton EX5 2UL. The deadline for nominations is midnight on Tuesday, December 31.