Last chance to honour heroes in health and social care

Nominations for the Dignity & Respect Awards 2016 close on 5 February and Bucks residents are being urged to get their nominations in.

Devoted carers, health workers, and community volunteers will be honoured at an awards ceremony for going the extra mile in supporting people in Buckinghamshire in a way that promotes dignity, respect and wellbeing.

Readers have the chance to nominate their own heroes for recognition for the Dignity & Respect Awards 2016, organised by Buckinghamshire County Council and the local NHS.

Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate outstanding examples of how dignity and respect are demonstrated across Buckinghamshire. Nominations are open to the public as well as professionals. The awards are for individuals, teams and organisations that have done that bit extra and made a difference by putting dignity, respect and wellbeing at the heart of the care they provide.

Last year’s winner in the Health category was Salma Hussein a nursing assistant at Wycombe Hospital. Salma was nominated by Wing resident, Roy Collis after his two week stay in the hospital following a major operation. He said: “I happened to see an article in the local paper inviting nominations for a Dignity and Respect Award and was very pleased to see this opportunity to nominate a Health Care Assistant at Wycombe Hospital. Salma is an unsung hero who has worked on a ward for 12 years, providing exceptional care on a daily basis to men who had undergone serious surgery, including myself when I was operated on for bowel cancer.

Salma’s award provided a huge boost to all her colleagues on Ward 12a at the Hospital. Not enough attention is paid to the people who can and do make such a difference to our quality of life. I encourage everyone to consider submitting a nomination- if your nominee is successful it will make you feel great as well!”

Mike Appleyard, cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing said: “This is a great way for people to say thank you to the many wonderful carers and health staff who have helped them.”

The awards are part of Buckinghamshire County Council’s ongoing campaign to raise awareness of every person’s right to be treated with dignity and respect whenever they need care and support.

Nominations will be shortlisted and a short film posted onto the website so that the public can view the films of each shortlisted entry and cast their votes online ahead of the Dignity & Awards event on FRIDAY,15 APRIL 2016, being held at the Oculus in Aylesbury. Votes received ahead of the event will be added to the votes of the audience on the day.

If you know of a person, team, group or organisation that has gone over and above in supporting people in Buckinghamshire then why not recognise them for their excellence and nominate them for the Dignity & Respect Awards 2016.

To download a nomination form, book your place at the event, or find out more go to Alternatively call 01296 387087. Nominations close on 5 February 2016.