A patient-led health watchdog for Leeds has welcomed the launch of the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2014.
Entries are already coming in for this year’s awards, which will recognise the most deserving health workers in Leeds and Wakefield.
We are looking for top doctors, nurses and other professionals through our third awards, which are sponsored by Bradford-based Sovereign Health Care.
Now Healthwatch Leeds, which represents patients in the city, has given its backing to the event.
Director Tanya Matilainen said: “Healthwatch Leeds welcomes the opportunity to recognise the individual health and care professionals who make a difference to the people of Leeds, at times going well beyond their duty of care to improve people’s lives.
“It is great to see that the Yorkshire Evening Post is providing the opportunity for the people of Leeds to say thank you to the mostly unsung heroes.
“Healthwatch Leeds is well aware of the good work staff in the public sector do – in our recent report on people’s experiences in Accident and Emergency Departments in Leeds, 86 per cent of respondents said the care from clinical staff was good or excellent.
“We look forward to hearing the stories of this year’s winners.”
Categories in the awards include for marvellous midwives, deserving dentists and fantastic pharmacists.
For this year’s awards, we are also introducing two new categories – one to recognise emergency response workers in the medical field and the other to highlight mental health workers.
After the closing date of October 19, the judges will draw up a shortlist for each category and pick the winners. One of the nominees who especially impresses the panel will also given the Overall Judge’s Award and winners will be announced on December 8.