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  Over the years there has been more mental health awareness than ever with days like ‘Mental Health Awareness Day’ (10th October) where people come forward and share their story of their struggles with bad mental health. Famous individuals like Jameela Jamil and Stephen Fry have also been using their platform to advocate for mental…

Time To Change

5th December 2019

A guest blog by Elisse Grint – Assurance Team Lead, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) signed up to the Time To Change pledge in 2011 and reaffirmed this pledge in 2017: “We pledge to change the way we think and act about mental health at work.” From this…

A guest blog by Russell Houghton, General Manager at Conexus Healthcare. Across the country the role of the general practice reception & admin teams are rapidly innovating and evolving to help practices best meet the needs of patients across England. In recent times, these teams have fundamental importance to the achievement of the NHS Long…

A guest blog by Sue Murphy, CEO, Catalyst. The benefits for Catalyst as part of the voluntary sector collaborating with the NHS are the understanding of local needs, high levels of trust and engagement with local communities, and the ability to work across multiple services to provide holistic care for individuals and building infrastructures that…

If you, your family, your friends have been helped by the NHS perhaps it’s time to say “Thank You” As founder of the Unsung Hero Awards I am proud to announce a brand new initiative giving you the chance to say a BIG THANK YOU to our NHS and gain valuable recognition for your company at the same time. Known as “Support & Connect” this unique opportunity…

Scotland the brave!

17th June 2019

Recently, the Unsung Hero Awards (UHA) Team had the great pleasure of visiting The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow  (QUEH). Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow  QUEH is a 1,677-bed acute hospital located in the south-west of Glasgow, Scotland. The hospital is built on the site of the former Southern General Hospital and opened at the end of April…

On Friday, May 31st, the UHA had a special visit to the Sally Sherman Ward in the East Ham Care Centre. The centre is part of East London NHS Foundation Trust and is a 19 bedded, mixed sex ward specialising in care for residents of Newham who have cognitive impairment and challenging behaviour. Amanda Piper being awarded at the 2019…

… and in this instance that someone is Karen Shields, Porter – Mortuary Assistant.  The UHA had the great honour of meeting Karen for the second time last Friday, 24th May, when we visited Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Scotland (video coming soon!).  Karen Shields, winning at the 2019 Unsung Hero Awards for Everyday Hero in Ancillary   We went to…

Back in November 2014, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, wrote: “NHS England’s recent work with people with learning disabilities, and this new report, all now prove that radical changes are needed in NHS and social care, so that people with learning disabilities and their families increasingly take control of how the services they want, and need…

On Friday, 9th May the UHA team made a visit to Calderdale And Huddersfield NHS Trust to meet with Helen Barker, their Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Helen’s PA, Sue Laycock.  Sue was nominated by Helen and was shortlisted for Leader of the Year, Admin & Clerical by a panel of 18 judges from NHS England, NHS Trusts, NHS Technical Experts and previous…

Helen and Sue

This year, Friday, March 1st was not only St David’s day, but also the 5th Annual, National Awards for Non-Medical NHS Unsung Heroes, 2019. Wow, that is one heck of a title but then it’s one heck of an awards ceremony! Don Tomlinson, MC of the 2019 awards, opens the night on a high! This…

In this month’s guest blog we meet Sheila Mughal from the company Enovation, a proud sponsor of the Unsung Hero Awards for the past two years. Sheila explains the role of technology in an ever-advancing NHS; a role that often sees computers and operational processes as ‘Unsung Heroes’ in their own rights. She breaks down…