Celebrating incredible Learning and Development initiatives in the UK’s health and social care sector

Our Health Heroes is a leading national awards campaign dedicated to recognising the amazing achievements of individuals and teams working in the NHS, health, and social care across all four countries of the UK.

Launched 5 years ago by our sister organisation Skills for Health, the awards have grown year on year both in the number of, and the achievements of those recognised each year at a coveted awards ceremony.

For the first time ever, here at SFJ Awards we are thrilled to be the Learning and Development award category sponsor, involved not only in highlighting the achievements of all the teams nominated, but also to help whittle down hundreds of nominees to just one winner.

With winners due to be announced on Tuesday 23 March via a virtual awards ceremony, Our Health Heroes will celebrate 19 individuals and teams across 9 unique categories.

The last 12 months have proven the most challenging for the UK’s healthcare sector, and the highly anticipated awards ceremony, hosted by our very own Managing Director and group Executive Director Candace Miller, will be airing live exactly one year on since the first national lockdown announcement by the UK Government.

In 2020, over 600 nominations were made by individuals recognising the dedication and commitment of NHS, health and social care employees who have gone above and beyond in their roles to care for patients, support colleagues and make a difference to the public, every single day.

Our Health Heroes shines a particular spotlight on the teams and roles you might not always think of, initially launched in 2015, dedicated to the 40% of the NHS workforce in support roles. Where other campaigns look to recognise Doctors and Nurses, the team at Skills for Health, along with partners throughout the years including Health Education England, UNISON, NHS England and many more, focus exclusively on healthcare teams working “behind the scenes”, without whom the NHS couldn’t survive.

John Clark, Head of Awards & Assessment Services, was part of the prestigious judging panel for the Learning and Development Project/Team of the Year award and will be announcing the winners on the 23 March online, via a live stream. John commented:

“It was an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be involved in picking this year’s Our Health Heroes Learning and Development winners. L&D has always been a vital, if a little less well-known, part of the national health service. Individuals and teams have had to work incredibly hard, adapt almost overnight, and support thousands of existing, returning, and new staff over the last year as the sector has responded to the pandemic. I am delighted that SFJ Awards has had the opportunity to support the worthy winners, due to be announced by yours truly, next week.

We’re deeply committed to supporting the ongoing learning and development for the health sector, whose ingenuity to continue to deliver vital training during a year-long crisis, has been inspiring.”

Hundreds of health and social care sector teams are expected to tune in to watch the Our Health Heroes live on Tuesday 23 March.

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