YEP Leeds Best of Health shortlist selected

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They’re your stars of healthcare – and today we can announce the shortlisted nominees in the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2014.

Entries flooded in for the third year of the awards, making this the most successful ever.

Our judges had to pick the shortlists in the 10 categories, which included for the region’s top doctors, nurses, midwives and teams.

We wanted to also find the most deserving dentists and fantastic pharmacists, while this year saw new categories introduced, including for mental health workers and emergency response workers.

Non-professionals have also been honoured, through the categories for carers and for unsung heroes, which can cover anyone working in the health field.

This year’s shortlist includes a diverse group, from consultant doctors to cleaners, from breast cancer specialist nurses to those working in sexual health.

Our nominees are based in a range of settings, from hospitals to GP surgeries, prisons to charities, as well as for the region’s ambulance service and air ambulance.

In all, 35 people or teams have been shortlisted for the awards, having been chosen from the biggest field of entries ever.

The tough task of judging was down to our expert panel, which included chief executive of Healthwatch Leeds Tanya Matilainen, retired nurse and former Leeds director of nursing education Betty Smithson and Russ Piper, chief executive of main sponsors Sovereign Health Care.

They were also joined by Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Nicola said: “All of us on the judging panel were overwhelmed by the diversity of the entries and the stories of the amazing work our health professionals, and non-professionals, do.

“There were so many examples of excellent care provided to people when they are at their most vulnerable.

“It was so difficult to pick a shortlist and we had some really tough decisions to make.

“But we think we’ve found those who are most deserving of being honoured.

“We would like to thank every reader who took the time to make a nomination – we considered every single one carefully.”

Russ Piper, chief executive of Bradford-based Sovereign Health Care, said it was a “natural fit” for them to support the awards.

“We wanted to continue our support of the Best of Health Awards for as we feel that it is important to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work of the region’s healthcare professionals.”

All the shortlisted nominees have now been invited to a glitzy awards lunch on December 8 in Leeds city centre, when the winners will be announced.

Carer of the Year

Eddie Leeson

Jean Lumley

Samantha Rowley

Dentist of the Year

Simon Agabeg

Mrs C Malach

Claire Hawker

Doctor of the year

Julia Newton-Bishop

Safia Jabeen

Stephen Pollard

Emergency response worker of the year

Colin Jones

Jason Carlyon

Mental health worker:

Katie Evans and Jackie Roe

Eric Cargill

David Davies

Midwife of the year

Steph Naylor

Anne Bibby

Nicola Pye

Jan Hall

Nurse of the year

Jane Nicholson

Janet Tennent

Gill Fallon

Jacqui Pollington

Pharmacist of the year

Michael Manning

Manoj Kumar

Team of the year

Epilepsy Services Team at Epilepsy Action; Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew, paramedics and pilots; Yorkshire Organ Donation Team; Yorkshire Ambulance Service Restart a Heart Team; Seacole Scheme in Harehills; CT Team at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield

Unsung hero:

John Walsh

Lisa Beaumont

Claire Marsden

Amanda Brook

Elaine Gale

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