There are 19 categories for this year's Awards and these can be found below.


Apprentice of the Year Award

The award is for an apprentice at NUH who has made a real difference to the organisation, by going above and beyond to seek out knowledge and enhance their capabilities.  

Best Use of Time and Resources Award

This award is for a member of staff who is a role model when it comes to their commitment to improving efficiency and effectiveness and making the very best use of every pound we spend.

Caring and Helpful Award

This award recognises individuals and teams who go to extraordinary lengths to help patients (regardless of their area of work) and ensure patients consistently receive compassionate care.

Chair’s Award (NHS70)

This is a special award, marking the 70th anniversary of the NHS, to recognise the outstanding contribution of a colleague who has served the organisation over many years. The winner of this award will be selected by the NUH Chair.

Community Champion Award

This award is for an individual or group from the community who have supported and fundraised for NUH, benefitting patients and staff at our hospitals.

Clinical Star Award

This award is for an individual or team who demonstrate sustained commitment to patient care and wellbeing.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

This Award is an acknowledgment bestowed upon an individual or team who actively promotes inclusive excellence. This person or team contributes to and enhances the provision of NUH through a sustained commitment to improve opportunities for the diverse communities we serve.

The Diversity and Inclusion Award recipient/s demonstrate an exceptional understanding of diversity and inclusiveness beyond the call of duty and meets at least two of the following criteria:

  • demonstrates evidence of addressing a known health inequality affecting a diverse community
  • demonstrates outstanding efforts to promote an environment free from bias and discrimination
  • develops innovative methods for increasing and valuing diversity through wide-ranging activities
  • enhances inclusion through positive communication and engagement between persons of different backgrounds
  • organizes, creates and facilitates various community events promoting diversity, respect, and inclusiveness

Fundraiser of the Year Award

This award recognises staff who have dedicated their time and energy to fundraising activities that benefit the Nottingham Hospitals Charity. They have done this to support the Charity’s mission to be at the heart of caring, for the benefit of patients and the staff who have cared for them.

Inspiring Staff Wellbeing Award

This award is for an individual or team who has led by example to recognise and look after staff wellbeing.

Leader of the Year Award

This award recognises someone who has shown exceptional leadership skills irrespective of their position, sets high standards and is an excellent role model.

Patient Safety Champion Award

This award recognises teams or individuals who have improved patient safety and/or reduced risk either in a defined area or across the whole organisation.

Quality Improvement Award

This award is for an individual, team or service that has raised the profile of quality improvement. The individual or team who have worked together and successfully completed a quality improvement project with demonstrable benefits to patients, staff and wider community. They need to demonstrate systematic application of quality improvement knowledge and skills in realising as well as sustaining the outcomes and benefits from the improvement project.

Research and Innovation Award

This award is for an individual, team or service that has raised the profile of research. Nominations should include evidence of at least one of the following:

  • leading campaigns that have increased research participation by patients
  • initiatives to improve the patient experience when taking part in research
  • service improvements, improved patient outcomes and/or transformed routine clinical practice by implementing clinical research study findings 

Rising Star Award

This award recognises the achievements of an individual who is considered to be a ‘star’ of the future and who demonstrates this ability throughout the year by improving services and experience for patients, carers and/or staff through their creative thinking, commitment, vision, determination and drive.

Team of the Year Award (Team NUH)

This award is for a team (clinical or non-clinical) who deliver exceptional results to either patient care or service delivery by working together as a team, to achieve their goals.

Trainee of the Year Award (Team NUH)

This award recognises an individual in the early stages of their career in healthcare, who has combined practical skills with a commitment to ongoing learning.

Training and Development Award

This award is to recognise an individual who demonstrates a commitment to staff development. Think about:

  • education and training schemes
  • creating employment opportunities
  • developing partnerships with local enterprise, education or community groups

Unsung Hero Award

This award recognises the contribution staff (individuals/team) who provide vital ‘behind the scenes’ work, who do not provide direct clinical care to patients. Without the committed efforts of these colleagues who deliver this frontline care to patients, NUH would not be able to provide high quality services.

Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is for an individual or team (either registered NUH volunteers or ‘other’ volunteers) who has worked in partnership with NUH, giving up their unpaid time for the benefit of patients, carers and staff.


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