If you've experienced outstanding care from a nurse or midwife in Nottingham, the time has come for you to show your appreciation as we launch The Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards 2018.
Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust has once again teamed up with the Nottingham Post and Nottingham Express Transit (NET) to celebrate the tireless efforts of the city's brilliant healthcare staff.
Mike Sassi, editor and publisher of the Post, said: "With thousands of entries received last year, nominations for 2018 are open now and we expect the response to be bigger than ever in a year which will see celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
"This is a great opportunity for everyone to shout about the exceptional compassion, skill and devotion shown by nurses and midwives throughout the Trust."
You'll be able to give us your suggestions by filling in the simple online form at www.nottinghampost.com/nurse-and-midwife-of-the-year
Nominations in eight categories will be open until Monday, March 19.
A panel of experts will then come up with a shortlist of three entrants in each category, all of whom will be featured in a special awards supplement before a public vote determines the winners.
The shortlisted finalists will all be invited to a glittering awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 15, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham.
As in previous years, the individual receiving the most votes will be named our overall winner - receiving the huge honour of having a tram named after them for the next 12 months.
Last year, that accolade went to Christina O'Loughlin, 24, from Wollaton, who was a student nurse at the time. Since her victory, she has qualified and started a new job as a staff nurse at Nottingham Children's Hospital.
Christina said: "I still don't think it has sunk in that I was the overall winner, especially as a student nurse and especially as there are so many amazing nurses at NUH who work so hard and teach students like me so well.
"It was such an honour to be nominated by the family of a patient and then go on to win overall. It's really humbling to be rewarded in such a way. Listening to the nominations and those shortlisted on the night made me really proud to be a nurse at NUH.
"I think the awards are great as they provide recognition for all the hard work that nurses and midwives do. A parent going out of their way to nominate me was such an honour."
Mandie Sunderland, chief nurse at NUH, said the trust was thrilled to be supporting the awards again.
She added: "It's a brilliant opportunity to celebrate our fantastic nurses and midwives and the excellent care they provide to our patients across Nottinghamshire.
"It is truly humbling to read the stories of those who take the time to nominate. I am so proud to be the chief nurse at NUH and these awards really illustrate why.
"If you can spare ten minutes to make a nomination please do - your kind words and inspiring stories really do mean so much to our nursing and midwifery staff."
And Stephanie Moss-Pearce, marketing manager for NET, also said it was a pleasure to be involved with the awards and to ensure that the unsung heroes and heroines of the city receive the recognition they so richly deserve.
She added: "It's fantastic to see a nurse or midwife's name on a tram, because they so rarely seek recognition themselves.
"It says everything about their professionalism that every day they carry out miracles as a matter of routine. Ceaseless care delivered with strength and compassion.
"That's why it is always a huge pleasure for NET to support these awards and help make their achievements known.
"We're also delighted with our continued partnership with Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and proud to be an integral part of the care infrastructure in Nottingham, allowing patients swift and easy access to these incredible individuals.
"Our dedicated hospital tram stop at the Queen's Medical Centre is one of the busiest on the network and, along with our popular, free, park and ride facilities, it's transformed access for tens of thousands of patients and visitors.
"NET is always keen to celebrate the role of those who make such a positive difference to our lives. Yet again there will be some incredible individuals nominated for awards.
"We are certain that many people will wish to vote to register their respect and gratitude to these amazing nurses and midwives. Best of luck and a massive 'thank you' to them all."
* Adult Nurse of the Year: A registered nurse, employed by NUH, who works with patients aged 19 and over.
* Midwife of the Year: A registered midwife, employed by NUH (based at QMC, City Hospital or in the community).
* Children's Nurse of the Year: A registered nurse, employed by NUH, who works with patients aged 18 and under.
* Student Nurse or Midwife of the Year: A student nurse or midwife, at any stage of
their course, who has carried out work placements at NUH in the last 12 months.
* International Nurse or Midwife of the Year: A registered nurse or midwife, employed by NUH, who has moved to the UK to work for the NHS.
* Healthcare Assistant of the Year: A healthcare assistant employed by NUH.
* Nurse/Midwife Leader of the Year: A registered nurse or midwife whose leadership of a team, ward or project has made a significant difference to the experience of patients and/or colleagues.
* NHS 70th Anniversary Award: A registered nurse or midwife who is an inspirational role model and embodies the true nursing values of the NHS (care, compassion and delivery of excellent nursing care).