NOMINATIONS are open for the 2021 Somerset Health & Social Care Awards.

Health and care workers have been on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19 for over a year. A year that has seen the world turned upside down for us all.

But through the upheaval and discomfort we may have been feeling, their determination and kindness have been constant.

In a bid to recognise their efforts, Newsquest Somerset - publisher of your County Gazette, Bridgwater Mercury, Chard & Ilminster News and the Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News - is proud to be hosting the the 2021 Somerset Health & Social Care Awards.

From care home workers to GP practices and intensive care nurses, we want to put the spotlight on those who so often remain in the background, simply doing their remarkable jobs day in, day out.

Winners will be unveiled at a star-studded virtual ceremony later this year, hosted by celebrity doctor, Hilary Jones.

The categories now open for nominations are:

  • Health Care Team Award
  • Care Hero Award
  • Care Home Worker Award
  • Domiciliary Care Worker Award
  • Good Nurse Award
  • Care Trainer Award
  • Child & Adolescent Health Care Award
  • Dementia Carer Award
  • Palliative/End of Life Award
  • Mental Health Award
  • Health Care Employer Award
  • GP Practice of the Year Award

Click here to find out more and to submit nominations

Gazette editor, Paul Jones, said: “As the son of a nurse, who later became a midwife and a health visitor, the caring professions have been a constant in my life - and remain close to my heart.

“So I am delighted that we are hosting the Health and Social Care Awards.

“Unfortunately, we can only currently plan a virtual event, but I hope that won’t stop people from nominating some of our amazing health heroes - and give them a great time on the night.

“The past 18 months or so have been so hard for all of us, but nowhere has the guiding light of hope been stronger than among those keeping us safe and working so hard to care for us when we need them.”

To submit your nominations, and to find out more about the awards, click HERE.

Organisations interested in sponsorship opportunities for the Somerset Health & Social Care Awards should contact John Cumpston, Sales Director, on 01823 365030.