South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is urging local people to nominate mental health and learning disability staff for the 2010 Yorkshire Post NHS Health and Social Care Hero of the Year Award. NHS Yorkshire and Humber has teamed up with the Yorkshire Post to showcase and celebrate the vital work individuals within the NHS and social services carry out everyday.
This year’s awards have been launched in the Yorkshire Post and members of the public can now nominate someone working in the NHS or social services for the special award.
The Trust, which employs 2400 staff across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, is encouraging people to nominate someone who has made a real difference to their lives, as a way of showing their appreciation. The Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to a population of almost 1 million people.
The nomination process will close next month when 5 shortlisted candidates will be selected. The candidates will feature in the Yorkshire Post between September 27 and October 1 and the public will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the winning hero from October 2nd to October 6th. The 2010 award will be presented to the hero at the annual NHS Yorkshire and Humber Health and Social Care awards ceremony later this year.
Chair of the Trust Joyce Catterick said, "This is an excellent opportunity for local people to say thank you to someone who has made a real difference to their lives. Our organisation is full of unsung heroes who work tirelessly to improve the lives of others.
"Often, staff who work in mental health and learning disability services can be overlooked in award nominations. This award gives people the chance to say thank you and recognise the vital work which people within the NHS and social services do every day."
People can nominate their hero at www.yorkshirepostnhshero.co.uk or by sending it in writing to the Yorkshire Post. The deadline for nomination is 3rd August 2010.