On Thursday 16 May 2019, St George’s Hospital Charity will be hosting the St George’s Hero Awards, celebrating the excellent work of our staff across the Trust.

The awards, kindly sponsored once again by Pelican London Hotel & Residence and Yellow Brick Group, are returning for their second year following the success of the Staff Appreciation Awards in 2018.

We are also pleased to announce that our special celebrity host for the evening will be TV presenter and friend of St George’s, Lorraine Kelly!

Lorraine has been a supporter of the Trust ever since she was admitted as a major trauma patient following a horse riding accident. She visited St George’s last year to meet some of our staff and say thank you for the care they provided.

There will be eight awards on the night. They are:

1) Team of the year -Teamwork is vital to providing Outstanding Care, Every Time for our patients. This award is for a team that you think works well together, and deserve recognition for their hard work.

2) Volunteer of the year – Volunteers play a huge role at the Trust, giving up their time to help staff care for our patients. The volunteer of the year award is for the volunteer who you feel has made an exceptional contribution over the past 12 months.

3) Innovation of the year – For this category, we are looking for an individual – or team – who has used their initiative to develop a new or better way of working. We want to celebrate ideas that have led to improvements – whether it’s introducing innovative technology that improves patient care, or new ways of working that saves time and improve the lives of our staff. All nominations are welcome.

4) Rising star – If you know someone who is new to the Trust and has made a big impact in a small amount of time, then they could be our Rising Star! We want to hear about a member of staff who has impressed you with their enthusiasm or creativity. Nominees should have joined the organisation within the last 12 months.

5) Lifetime achievement – For this category, we want to pay tribute to a member of staff, who has demonstrated exceptional devotion to any of our services for a long period of time. Nominations should set out what the person has achieved, and the positive impact they’ve had on patients or staff.

6) Inspirational leader -Effective leadership is essential for any team or organisation. This category is for a manager or team leader who inspires you at work; the people who are inspirational, approachable and help you and your colleagues to do your job well.

7) Unsung hero – The unsung hero category is aimed at anyone whose work deserves recognition, but they have yet to be truly celebrated for it.

8) Lifesaver of the year (this category will be open to a public vote) – Lots of our staff are lifesavers, but this award is for the member of staff or team that has had a positive impact on someone’s life; for example, by performing or assisting in a life-saving intervention, transforming a patient’s life, or helping to make a patient’s life easier once they leave hospital.

The panel of judges will decide on a short-list of 3-5 people, which will go out to a public vote from 25 March 2019.

Nominations are open to staff until 5pm on Thursday 28 February, and the winners will be chosen by a panel of staff representatives.