For 18 years, the Scottish Health Awards have championed the hard work and dedication of NHS staff across the country, and this year was the biggest yet. The most prestigious event for those working across NHS Scotland and its partners, The Scottish Health Awards recognise 17 categories that showcase the hard work and dedication of NHS staff members who go above and beyond for their patients. This year, there were 570 nominations, a 35 per cent increase on last year, showing that the public’s gratitude towards the NHS is at an all-time high.

This year, a new award was introduced. The Global Citizenship Award recognises
individuals, groups or teams who, on top of their day-to-day health or social care job,
volunteer on a global scale. The award aims to recognise dedication and commitment to contributing to global health and social care work in low and middle-income countries as well as in Scotland. There were a further 16 categories, including Nurse, Doctor, Therapist and Midwife – championing those on the frontline of NHS care in Scotland.

As well as welcoming hundreds of NHS colleagues from across Scotland, Cabinet
Secretary for Health and Sport Jeane Freeman handed out trophies to the winners of their categories at the event held at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

This is Ms Freeman’s second year presenting winners with their awards, and she recognises not only the significance of every NHS Scotland member of staff but each and every contribution they make to patients and families across the country.

The Cabinet Secretary

All of the nominations contained numerous examples of how individuals, teams and local health and social care systems are working together with patients, families and carers to deliver high-quality, dedicated and responsive services for the people of Scotland."