Have you had a brilliant experience with a paramedic, music therapist or a dietician? NHS Hull and NHS East Riding Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are looking for you to nominate your healthcare hero for an award – but there’s a twist!

The event is set to showcase only allied health professionals and health and social care workers – who are a diverse, yet sometimes overlooked, sector of our local health workforce.

Allied health professionals (AHPs) is the name given to a group of healthcare specialists who help patients from the first few minutes of an incident, right through to recovery. These include; paramedics, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, art therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, dieticians, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers and speech and language therapists.

Hull and East Riding’s first AHP and Social Care Celebration Event, in early 2020, will be an opportunity to showcase the innovation and dedication of our local AHP and social care workers and teams.

Colleagues, managers, friends, family and patients of Hull and the East Riding’s AHP and social care professionals are now encouraged to nominate their heroes for one of six awards with nominations closing on 30 November 2019. The nomination process is simple and can be completed online at https://bit.ly/32e23pf.

The award categories are:

  • Long Service Award,
  • Allied Health and Social Care Professional of the Year
  • Rising Star Award
  • Allied Health Professions and Social Care Support Worker of the Year
  • Creativity and Innovation Award
  • Integrated Working Award.

NHS Hull CCG and NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG are further delighted to announce Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for NHS England, as the keynote speaker for the event.

With a background in occupational therapy, Suzanne Rastrick was appointed to her role in September 2014 and has key professional leadership relationships to the Department of Health as well as to Health Education England. She will deliver a special keynote speech at the event in March for all nominees and guests.

Patience Young, Allied Health Professional and Commissioner, said:

This award ceremony offers the fantastic opportunity for allied health professionals and health and social care colleagues to recognise one another for their continued hard work, commitment and achievements. In line with the Allied Health Professionals into Action movement*, we hope this will highlight the often under-celebrated achievements of many allied health professionals and social care workers.

To be joined by Suzanne Rastrick will be a great honour and we look forward to welcoming her to Hull for her first ever visit.

Sally Smith, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Lead, said:

This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the work of Allied Health Professionals and Social Care workers, who go above and beyond the call of duty to put the care of their patients first. We are delighted to be working in partnership to create these inaugural awards, providing well-deserved recognition to the work they do. I would urge everyone to get involved and nominate their AHP and social care star for a chance to be rewarded for their hard work.

All award nominations will be put to an impartial and diverse panel to decide on the winners which will be announced at the event in March.