Nominations for ‘Health Heroes’ have already been flooding in from across Scotland, and NHS Western Isles is encouraging people in the Western Isles to ensure their top healthcare team or health professional doesn’t miss out on an award.

The Scottish Health Awards 2016 is the most prestigious and recognised awards ceremony for healthcare professionals within Scotland.

The awards reflect that amazing diversity of talent and showcase the dedication and innovation of the people who work tirelessly on our behalf.

Gordon Jamieson, Chief Executive, NHS Western Isles, said: “Every day in the Western Isles, patients receive person-centred, high quality care from healthcare staff, and we often hear informally from these patients about how they appreciate the care and support that our staff have delivered. 

“Ensuring that the patient experience is as positive as possible is what matters most to our staff and receiving positive feedback on the care they provide, from the patients themselves, is invaluable.

Run by the Daily Record, in partnership with NHSScotland and the Scottish Government, the awards are now well established in the Scottish calendar.

Hosted by top comedian, Fred MacAulay, this year's awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 3rd, at The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh; and will reward Scotland’s most dedicated and caring NHS workers.

Mr Jamieson added: “The Scottish Health Awards give patients the opportunity to formally acknowledge healthcare staff who have delivered a first class service to them. 

“I would therefore like to encourage local people and staff within NHS Western Isles to nominate individuals and teams who have gone that extra mile to deliver first class quality healthcare.”

The Awards aim to acknowledge workers who have genuinely made a difference to the lives or patients or their families. 

It might be an individual or a team that has provided outstanding care to their patients or those who are in jobs that normally don't have a high profile and who generally should be recognised for their commitment to the NHS.

There are sixteen award categories - whether it’s the local doctor or dentist, the support worker, nurse, paramedics or a volunteer. No matter what their title, or where they are based, if they have made a difference, you are encouraged to nominate. 

Your nominee must work for NHSScotland, with the exception of the Healthier Lifestyle, the Volunteer, the Integrated Care for Older People, the Innovation and the Unsung Hero categories where nominations are welcomed from those that support healthcare in the communities in which we live.

You can submit your nominations for Scottish Health Awards 2016 online by September 1st #ScotHealth http://www.scottishhealthawards.com/