Revealed: The winners of the YEP Best of Health Awards 2015

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The selfless acts of these compassionate people are worthy of the highest of praise.

Many feel they are simply doing their jobs, most go that extra mile every day without recognition and all have been shown our appreciation through the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2015.

Winners of the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2015 at The Queens Hotel, Leeds. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Winners of the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2015 at The Queens Hotel, Leeds. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Readers nominated hundreds of health workers for the honours, designed to recognise those who go above and beyond for others.

The winners in 10 categories were revealed as well as the recipient of the Overall Judges’ Award, who was picked from the list of winners, during our fourth annual awards ceremony sponsored by Sovereign Healthcare today.

BBC Look North’s Clare Frisby presented the awards at The Queens Hotel, in Leeds, reading out the moving stories behind our notable shortlist of nominees.

They included a carefully written nomination from a former social worker whose admiration for a top class GP was heightened when his own fortunes took a turn for the worse and he was even contemplating suicide. He credited the “caring and sympathetic” GP he respected so much through work for “pulling him to safety” as a patient.

Overall Judges' Award winner John Walsh with Sovereign Health Care chief executive Russ Piper and presenter Clare Frisby. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Overall Judges' Award winner John Walsh with Sovereign Health Care chief executive Russ Piper and presenter Clare Frisby. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

John Walsh, of York Street Health Practice, in Leeds, was named the winner of the Community Health Award as well as the Overall Judges’ Award for his work giving homeless people health care that they might otherwise struggle to access.

Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, told the audience: “Everyone nominated has done something special, is someone special, someone who goes above and beyond what is expected of them.

“That is something to be proud of and it is something the Yorkshire Evening Post is proud to recognise.”

She was a member of the judging panel, along with former Leeds nursing chief Betty Smithson, Tanya Matilainen, chief executive of patient watchdog Healthwatch Leeds, and Russ Piper, chief executive of Sovereign Health Care.

BBC presenter Clare Frisby at the YEP Best of Health Awards 2015. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

BBC presenter Clare Frisby at the YEP Best of Health Awards 2015. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Mr Piper said: “The Best of Health Awards give us an opportunity to celebrate achievements of these amazing health workers.”

Clare Frisby added: “Every person or team who was put forward had made an impact on someone’s life, while every shortlisted nominee or group should feel incredibly proud of being chosen.”

See Wednesday’s YEP for a supplement featuring photos and interviews with all the winners.

The Best of Health 2015 roll of honour

Mental Health Worker of the Year

- Nicky Taylor, West Yorkshire Playhouse (winner)

- David Davies, Ossett Mental Health Team (highly commended)

Doctor of the Year

- Nigel Bew, Street Lane Practice (winner)

- Elizabeth Martin, North Leeds Medical Practice (highly commended)

Team of the Year

- HMYOI Wetherby (winner)

- Organ Donation Team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (highly commended)

Unsung Hero

- Jon Ainley, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and The Encephalitis Society (winner)

- Emma Kirke, Medicinal Kitchen (highly commended)

Nurse of the Year

- Jenny Stevenson, HMYOI Wetherby (winner)

- Claire Ferris, Leeds St James’s Hospital (highly commended)

Emergency Response Worker of the Year

- Steven Hudson, St John Ambulance (winner)

- Gareth Ross, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (highly commended)

Midwife of the Year

- Helen Woollatt, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (winner)

- Joanna Jones, Leeds St James’s Hospital (highly commended)

Carer of the Year

- Jakub Keller, Allied Healthcare (winner)

- Amanda Hession (highly commended)

Special Contribution Award

- Tina Suryavansi and family (joint winners)

- Ami and Liam Duggleby (joint winners)

Community Health Award

- John Walsh, York Street Health Practice (winner)

- Sarah Goodwin, Walking for Health volunteer scheme (highly commended)

- Black Health Initiative (highly commended)

Overall Judges’ Award

- John Walsh, York Street Health Practice (winner)

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