The sheer selflessness of West Yorkshire’s best health care workers and volunteers is worth taking some time to think about.
Every year we run the YEP Best of Health Awards to highlight West Yorkshire’s unsung heroes of health care – and at last week’s event our region did not disappoint.
It’s an area in which workers are often expected to perform miracles on a daily basis in the face of emotive circumstances and intense pressure at all hours of the day and night.
But the triumphs over adversity, tales of going above and beyond for others and the commitment to helping those in need were simply inspiring.
Take our Overall Judges’ Award and Community Health Award winner John Walsh as an example. He has dedicated years to supporting the homeless in Leeds through York Street Health Practice’s No Fixed Abode Team knowing full well that without that support they would likely go without access to health care.
Then there are the winners of our Special Contribution award – Tina Suryavansi and family and Ami and Liam Duggleby. The former revealed the plight of Akash, 17, who needed a kidney transplant, to inspire others to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register.
The Dugglebys, whose daughter Minnie died aged 23 days and became Yorkshire’s youngest organ donor, did the same and helped Leeds Teaching Hospitals attract 27,000 new sign-ups through the Be A Hero campaign.
And then there is our Team of the Year, Wetherby Young Offenders’ Institute’s health care team, which battled staffing issues to ensure inmates received “excellent” care.
Another great example if Allied Healthcare’s Jakub Keller, our Carer of the Year, who was put forward by the wife of a patient he looked after during the final stages of cancer. Jakub was praised for his high quality physical care but also for showing such dignity and compassion.
These people were not appealing for any thanks but were more than deserving of it.
A full list of the YEP Best of Health Award winners
Mental Health Worker of the Year: Nicky Taylor.
Doctor of the Year: Dr Nigel Bew.
Team of the Year: HMYOI Wetherby.
Unsung Hero: Jon Ainley.
Nurse of the Year: Jenny Stevenson.
Emergency Response Worker of the Year: Steven Hudson.
Midwife of the Year: Helen Woollatt.
Carer of the Year: Jakub Keller.
Special Contribution: Tina Suryavansi and family and Liam and Ami Duggleby (joint winners).
Community Health Award: John Walsh.
Overall Judges’ Award: John Walsh.