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Nominations are now open for the Scottish Health Awards 2020 - and whilst 2020 has been an unprecedented year for everyone in the health and social care sector, you can show your appreciation by nominating your unsung heroes at:

The Scottish Health Awards are the most prestigious and recognised awards for those working across NHS Scotland and its partners to deliver high quality health and social care services to the people of Scotland. Run by the Daily Record in partnership with NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, the awards are now well established in the Scottish calendar and recognise those that go that extra mile to improve the health and wellbeing of others.

The awards reflect the amazing diversity of talent and showcase the dedication and commitment of those who work tirelessly on our behalf. NHS Scotland is committed to providing sustainable high quality health services for the people of Scotland. Increasingly, health and social care services are being delivered in an integrated way focusing on prevention, anticipation and supported self-management and the awards aim to recognise this approach.

In a year when staff across health and social care have been rising to the many challenges of dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19), there’s never been a better time to recognise and reward them for what they have been doing day-in and day-out.

There are 16 award categories including a People’s Choice Award which will be open to a public vote from 19 October. While it is expected that COVID-19 will feature across the majority of the award categories this year, the People’s Choice Award will specifically recognise individuals and teams who have responded so magnificently to the challenge of caring for people during the pandemic, while at the same time maintaining a range of essential services and continuing to provide essential care.

The finalists in the remaining categories on 11 November and all winners – including the winner of the People’s Choice Award – will be announced on 9 December at the virtual ceremony which can be viewed online. Details of how this can be viewed will be shared closer to the time.

The award categories are:

• Support Worker
• Innovation
• Volunteers
• Midwife
• Allied Health Professional
• Young Achiever

• Unsung Hero
• Care for Mental Health
• Integrated Care
• Healthier Lifestyle
• Leader of the Year

• Nurse
• Doctor
• Top Team
• Global Citizenship
• People’s Choice

Nominations can be submitted to the Scottish Health Awards 2020 website at until 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2020.