The Unsung Hero Awards (UHA) were established in 2015 to promote a sense of personal well–being and promote Non Medical / Non-Clinical NHS Staff and Volunteers.
The Awards night is a unique, lovingly constructed event, which provides a positive experience to attendees. It is also innovative, friendly, and fair. We wish to continue our record of positive feedback at our highly valuable series of events.
Our values are to remain authentic and trusted as an organisation, to show care to all our community, and to continue to innovate and push the message that “everyone is of equal importance”. We wish to remain an organisation that promotes a sense of gratitude, transparency, fairness and above all else: inclusiveness.
Our purpose is to connect people. To bring individuals from different backgrounds together to the foreground to stand on equal ground.
A word from our CEO:
In 2015, the first ever three winners were visited in their Trusts (one winner in the North, one winner in the Midlands and one winner in the South) and presented with a trophy and a certificate. Since that pivotal time, the UHA has continued to grow rapidly year on year. At the awards we currently hold the largest amount of Non- Medical / Non-Clinical NHS staff in one room on a national scale.
My journey with the UHA started in late 2017, and has grown in unbelievable ways over the past three years. During this time, I have had the privilege of directly influencing an altruistic marketing idea to become a Community Interest Company (CIC) in it’s own right. The UHA holds weight as a National Awards through its approach in recognising those who can often go unnoticed. In such a way, we have been recognised by the NHS in a positive manner.
I am proud to head the UHA into new and exciting avenues, especially at a time where the staff of the NHS as a whole are widely viewed in the public as being ‘unsung heroes’. There is still a long way to go to increase the awareness of Non-Medical / Non-Clinical staff and Volunteers in the NHS, but for myself the privilege is in the process.
Laura Elizabeth Tomlinson, CEO, Unsung Hero Awards