Wearing scrubs instead of capes, brandishing selflessness, expertise and dedication as their superpowers, there is no doubt that those protecting our local health and wellbeing have been our very own superheroes this past year.

Our healthcare professionals, inspiring carers and extraordinary Hull and East Riding residents have risked their own lives on a daily basis to ensure that our community stays safe. We have all relied more heavily than ever on these individuals and now is the time to give them the recognition they so richly deserve.

These phenomenal key workers are the beating heart of our community, and the Hull Health & Care Awards 2021 is a special night dedicated solely to them.

The event on Tuesday, June 22 will take place virtually to ensure that we all honour the hard work of our healthcare heroes and stay safe at home. Anyone can attend the event and tickets are free of charge, all you need to do is register online at www.hull-live.co.uk/healthawards when registration opens in early June.

This year, LATUS Health is the headline sponsor of the Hull Health & Care Awards 2021 and CityCare is our associate sponsor. Delighted to be supporting local heroes, LATUS Health provides a full spectrum of occupational health services to keep businesses protected and fit for work, as well as creating bespoke employee wellbeing programmes to improve mental and physical health. It is on a mission to revolutionise the employer mind-set towards health at work, wanting companies to think about how they can improve employee health at work, not simply preserve it.

Do you know a local legend or healthcare hero? Nominate them before the deadline on Thursday, May 13 so that we can all thank and applaud them for their incredible work. There are 10 awards to be handed out on June 22 with categories ranging across the whole health and care sector. Whether they are a professional or volunteer, caring alone or in a team, everyone making a difference deserves commending.

Check out the categories below and nominate via the website before May 13.

The categories for the Hull Health & Care Awards 2021 are:

Outstanding Health Professional of the Year

This award recognises a person who shows immense dedication to duty, providing the best possible care for patients in a community or healthcare environment. They could be, but not limited to, a nurse, doctor, physiotherapist, radiographer, paramedic, occupational therapist, podiatrist.

Carer of the Year

We are searching for someone who is either looking after a relative by providing domiciliary care, or is looking after an individual in a care home environment. You could be caring for a relative with, but not limited to, a disability, physical illness, mental health condition, drug or alcohol problem. Your support could be physical or emotional. We want you to help us find that one person who goes above and beyond and puts the needs of others first.

Nurse of the Year

This award is dedicated to finding the nurse, in any setting, that has gone above and beyond for their patients and their families. A good nurse treats people with respect and dignity, and leaves an impression that will stay with the people they help forever. They embody all of the six C’s of nursing: to be courageous, caring, compassionate, competent, good at communication and committed. Do you know an inspiring nurse who has these traits?

Team of the Year

This award will go to the best team in any healthcare setting who puts those they care for at the heart of everything they do. Judges will be looking for an innovative and efficient team who work well together and communicate effectively, all while carrying out their daily duties of caring for people who will no doubt remember the solid team spirit.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

Sponsored by NHS Humber Teaching

This category is to reward a service or an individual offering support, advice or help in the community to encourage wellbeing. It could be a dementia champion playing a key role in helping people with memory loss, or a service tackling depression or anxiety. If you have been helped by, or know of an invaluable project or inspiring individual, let us know.

And Thriving, Not Just Surviving won the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award in 2019, presented by Curriculum Lead for Creative and Care from Bishop Burton - Kim Larter
And Thriving, Not Just Surviving won the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award in 2019

Unsung Health Hero

Sponsored by Hull Clinical Commissioning Group

This award is seeking out the person who works outside the health service or public sector but shows real dedication and compassion in care, bringing about real change or ensuring others always come first.

Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored by InYourArea

This award is for an individual or team who gives their time freely to help improve the health and wellbeing of people in their community. This could be through running a fundraiser, visiting lonely and isolated members of the community, or supporting carers. Tell us about the person or group you want to nominate - what is it about them that makes their role so special?

Health Improvement Project Award

Sponsored by CityCare

This award will recognise a project in your community that plays a crucial role in promoting good health. Tell us how the project is changing people's lives for the better.

Care Home of the Year

We want to find the care home where staff put residents at the heart of everything they do, treating people with the utmost dignity and respect and tailoring excellent services to an individual's needs.

Covid Hero Award

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on the health of our loved ones and the way we live our daily lives. This special award will be presented to an employer, team or individual who has gone above and beyond during the Covid-19 crisis. We want to hear about their dedication, commitment and compassion in helping staff members, colleagues and service users in these unprecedented times.

Nominations close on Thursday, May 13, just click here.

The Hull Health & Care Awards will be streamed virtually on Tuesday, June 22. Tickets are free of charge and registration will be open at the start of June.