16 Jun 2022

The first ever St Helens Cares Recognition Awards took place on 9 June as part of the inaugural St Helens Cares Festival to pay tribute to people working across health and social care in St Helens in both a paid and voluntary capacity.

The St Helens Cares workforce (which includes NHS organisations, health and social care services, housing, third and voluntary sector) – and members of the public - had nominated health and care teams and individuals - for a range of awards in a unique event that sought to recognise and celebrate health and care heroes working to improve lives across the borough.

The St Helens Cares Recognition Awards were the culmination of a weeklong festival for the health and care workforce in St Helens to celebrate and recognise the hard work of everyone in St Helens over the past two years, bringing staff together to hear from leaders, share best practice and successes and hear from those with lived experience.

The awards were open to all the St Helens Cares workforce who could nominate colleagues and teams in a number of different categories as well as a public recognition award open to members of the public.

Geoffrey Appleton, outgoing Chair of St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of the St Helens Place Partnership Board, said: “I have been delighted to see so many members of our health and care workforce recognised for their hard work after what has been a very tough couple of years for everyone.  The chance for us to all come together and celebrate this in person meant that this was a truly special evening. 

"Each and every one in attendance thoroughly deserved their nominations and awards and it was very humbling to see and hear about the many people who have constantly gone above and beyond in the work they do.  They are all true health and care heroes.”

The winners in each category who received a glass trophy were:

  • Outstanding Team Award – Cancer Services Team, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Outstanding Individual Award – Dr Jean Sutton, St Helens Rota
  • Leadership Award – Helen Fitzgerald, Deafness Resource Centre
  • Community Involvement Award – Community Frailty Team, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Best Employer Commitment to Training and Careers – Bluebird Care
  • Public Recognition Award – Lisa Urch, Contact Cares, St Helens Borough Council
  • Chair/Accountable Officer Award – Paul Steele, St Helens CCG

Thanks to everyone who took the time to send in a nomination for the awards and everyone who attended the St Helens Cares Festival – whether in person at the hotel or virtually.  And thanks also to our sponsors without whom the awards night could not have taken place.

The whole week was a huge success with really positive feedback received from all those who attended and proof of our close partnership working in St Helens which we know will go from strength to strength.