The last 12 months have been like no other year any of us has experienced, bringing enormous challenges for many.  It’s been a period during which those working on the NHS front line have had to use their skills and pull together like never before.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has launched its annual staff awards, to highlight the extraordinary work of individual and teams over the last year.

Noel Scanlon, executive director of nursing, said, “The encouragement and support our teams have received from members of the public over the past year has meant the world to our staff – motivating them and keeping them going during the hardest of times as they’ve focused, as always, on giving our patients the very best care. These awards are a more formal way for members of the public to share their positive experiences of our services and show their appreciation for teams and individuals.”

If you, or someone you’re close to, has experienced the care these unsung heroes have given to patients, whether they’ve had Covid-19 or another health issue, the Trust would love to receive a nomination from you.  You may have had an admission yourself, or be the relative of a patient and it may be that a team or individual member of staff stood out for you, whether they’re clinical, an allied health professional such as a physiotherapist or radiographer, a porter, or member of the admin team.

Categories include; Compassion, Excellence in Care – Clinical, Excellence in Care – Non-Clinical, Working Together for Patients and Covid Hero.  Entries close on Sunday 28 February, with winners to be announced in a virtual ceremony at the end of March.

The simple nomination form is easy and quick to complete.  You can find it, along with full category details, at: