The winners of the Worcestershire Health & Social Care Awards 2022 have been announced.

The awards, sponsored by the University of Worcester, seek to celebrate the heroes of our health and care sectors.

In a star-studded evening, with messages of support from famous TV stars, actors, actresses and sportsmen and women, the winners of 12 categories were announced.

They were:

  • Health Care Employer Award (sponsored by Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire) - Chris Potter from Clarendon Care Group Ltd
  • Mental Health Award (sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust) - Sophie Herring, Priory
  • Child & Adolescent Health Care Award (sponsored by Cambian Group) - Wyre Forest Children's Respite Unit
  • Palliative / End of Life Care Award (sponsored by Hi-Therm) - Field House Care Home
  • GP Practice of the Year (sponsored by Marshall Toyota) - Chaddesley Corbett Surgery
  • Health Care Team Award (sponsored by Insitu Furniture) - The Gables Rest Home
  • Care Trainer Award (sponsored by Parkfield Grange) - Claire Wilcox, Coast 2 Coast Care
  • Dementia Carer Award (sponsored by Sanctuary Care) - Donna White, Perry Manor
  • Care Home Worker Award (sponsored by Clarendon Care) - Reece Welsted, Chandos Lodge Care Home
  • Domiciliary Care Worker Award (sponsored by Caremark) - Vivienne Rogers, Old Friends Care Ltd
  • Good Nurse Award (Sponsored by Newmedica) - Faye McCann, Herefordshire & Worcestershire NHS Trust
  • Care Hero Award (sponsored by Worcestershire County Council) - Megan Salter, Handle with Care

At the end of the ceremony, Megan Salter was also awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Health & Social Care in Worcestershire Award - sponsored by the University of Worcester.

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The full video for the award ceremony is posted below: (*we know it says it’s not working in the box below but it honestly is if you click on it!)

Regional Editor Stephanie Preece said: "What a wonderful evening. Reading the nominations was incredibly humbling and really all the nominees are heroes.

"However, there could only be one winner of each award - and I would like to personally congratulate all of those who took home an award.

"I would also like to thank all of our sponsors, but especially the University of Worcester for enabling us to stage these awards."

The awards were presented by Dr Dawn Harper, an NHS GP and television presenter from Embarrassing Bodies, who said: "It's been a really tough few years for everyone I remember feeling genuinely frightened going to work back in March 2020 and I’m sure many of you felt the same. All we really knew about Covid at the time was that it was spreading like wildfire and behaving unpredictably.

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"Working on the frontline in health and social care threw up new challenges for us all. We stepped up to the plate and it has been heart-warming to hear so many stories of individuals and teams going over and above to help those affected by this hideous virus.

"And now we face a new challenge of dealing with the backlog of all the other health and social care issues that have taken a back seat over the last few years.

"I absolutely know you will face this challenge head-on, and from the reports coming back you will do it with a smile on your faces. You should be so proud of all that you have achieved throughout the pandemic. I hope you can let your hair down and party the way you deserve tonight."