Voting Opens as SET Staff Member is Shortlisted for 'Our Health Heroes' Awards


A dementia activity support worker and a service assistant from Northern Ireland, who are among the finalists in the 2019 Our Health Heroes awards, are hoping the public will get behind them as the vote to decide the national winners goes live!

Until Friday 11th October, people can vote for healthcare workers who they think have gone above and beyond the call of duty via the Skills for Health website

Organised by Skills for Health and headline sponsor Health Education England, Our Health Heroes has been celebrating unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK since 2016.

The awards, which were open to nominations from members of the public for the first time this year, will celebrate healthcare professionals in the following categories during a ceremony in November at London’s Science Museum:

  • Outstanding Contribution
  • Clinical Support Worker of the Year
  • Operational Services Support Worker of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Staff Wellbeing Employer of the Year
  • Workforce Planning Team of the Year
  • Integrated Team of the Year
  • Learning and Development Project/Team of the Year

Of the 880 nominations that the judges received, just 34 have made the shortlist and of them, eight will go on to be presented with the overall national awards for 2019.

Representing Northern Ireland, Katrina Lavery and Pauline Symington are among the 12 regional finalists in each of the Clinical Support Worker of the Year and Operational Services Support Worker of the Year categories.

South Eastern HSC Trust, Service Assistant Pauline has been a valued member of the trust since 2003 and is currently working in the neonatal unit.

Pauline is an integral member of the team and her colleagues say they would be lost without her. Her reassuring and kind manner are essential qualities when working with parents who are likely to be highly stressed and worried; she relates to parents with sensitivity, empathy and understanding.

Pauline commented: “It is an absolute honour to be recognised by a professional and dedicated team. The Ulster Hospital is very privileged to have such an amazing neonatal team and it is my privilege to work with them.”

John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said: “For the fourth year in a row these awards have struck a chord and it’s been amazing to read through the nomination forms; there are some truly incredible people working within our healthcare sector who deserve to be recognised for their achievements and dedication.

“I’m delighted that Katrina and Pauline have been shortlisted in their individual categories. It will be up to the public to decide whether they take home the national award, but all of our finalists are already worthy winners.”

The 34 finalists and team category winners have been invited to the Our Health Heroes Awards ceremony, where the 24 regional and eight national winners will be presented with their awards, on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at London’s Science Museum.

Members of the public will be able to vote once in each category. Visit the Skills for Health website to see information on all the finalists and how to vote.