Healthcare heroes have been honoured for going the extra mile for their patients, clients or families.
Doctors, nurses, midwives and opticians were among those recognised at the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2013.
The head and neck team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, described as “beyond excellent” scooped both the Team of the Year Award and the Judges’ Award at the event at the Hilton in Leeds.
Surprised winners shrugged off praise, saying they were “just doing their jobs”.
Midwife of the Year Chris Harding said: “I couldn’t believe it really - I just do my job and I love the women I look after.”
Winning nurse Lynne Cowling, from Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds, said: “You don’t go through every day thinking about recognition for the job you do.
“I just absolutely love the job. You try to treat everybody as you would want a member of your own family to be treated.”
Competition was fierce in the second Best of Health Awards, with the number of entries tripling. Many moving stories were behind the nominations of health workers who made a difference to the lives of patients, clients or families.
Jeremy Clifford, editorial director of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, told the audience: “Everyone nominated for these awards has done something special, and is someone special, who goes above and beyond what is expected of them.
“That is something to be proud of and something the YEP is proud to recognise.”
West Yorkshire firm Sovereign Health Care sponsored the event for the second year and chief executive Russ Piper said: “I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate everyone who was nominated and those healthcare practitioners that made it to the shortlist, as well as the winners in each category.”
* Read more about the awards in your special 12-page supplement inside today’s Yorkshire Evening Post.