Best of Health Awards: New category aims to reward health heroes in your community

The YEP Best of Health Awards 2014. Picture by Simon Hulme.
The YEP Best of Health Awards 2014. Picture by Simon Hulme.
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The likes of pharmacists, dentists and opticians are often seen as pillars of the local community – and it is time they were praised.

To recognise the vital role that health workers embedded in local areas provide, a brand new Community Health Award has been introduced to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Best of Health Awards for 2015.



With nominations now open, we are looking to highlight the vital role of health workers who are embedded in local areas and go the extra mile to offer residents the best service possible.

Readers have until October 19 to nominate their health superstars for recognition in our fourth annual Best of Health Awards, sponsored by Sovereign Health Care, which will be hosted by BBC presenter Clare Frisby at The Queens Hotel on December 7.

Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, said: “All too often the hard work and dedication of health staff in our area goes unnoticed, which is why we’re determined to uncover and heap praise on those who truly deserve it.

“We hope all our readers will again support these awards and send in their nominations now to help us honour some real superstars such as those health workers who play vital roles in our communities.”

Potential nominees could be a friendly pharmacist who has solved a long-standing issue, a proactive dentist who has treated your family for generations, an optician who has changed your life or someone at a walk-in-centre or other NHS service who has made a difference to your area. They might be a health visitor who has become synonymous with an area or a care worker who has brought local people together in some way. Nominees can be community-minded health staff in the public, private or third sector.

Last year we praised dentist Simon Agabeg, of New Smile Dental Care on Selby Road, for his drive to bring the most up-to-date techniques to his practice area. We also singled out pharmacist Manoj Kumar, who was described as an “invaluable part of the community”.

The Community Health Award is one of 10 categories for which we are seeking nominations. Others aim to praise the likes of doctors, midwives, nurses, emergency response and mental health staff.

After the closing date for entries of October 19, our judges will draw up a shortlist for each category. The judges will pick the winners based on information in the nominations.


- Get your nominations in now – click here to nominate by filling in an online form.

- Alternatively, you can send your nominations to Olivia Richards, Yorkshire Post Newspapers, No1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE. Mark your entry with the category and provide your nominee’s full name, job title, work address, telephone number and email address. Also include your own name, address, phone number and email address, as well as 200 words explaining your nomination.

- Winners will be picked by a panel of judges and revealed at an awards lunch on December 7.

- If you have any questions regarding the YEP Best of Health Awards 2015, email jonathan.brown@ypn.co.uk or call 0113 2388134.


- Mental Health Worker of the Year

- Doctor of the Year

- Team of the Year

- Unsung Hero

- Nurse of the Year

- Emergency Response Worker of the Year

- Midwife of the Year

- Carer of the Year

- Special Contribution Award

- Community Health Award