COLUMN: Help us celebrate our hospital staff by making an award nomination

This column has been provided by Elaine Baylis, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust chairman ...
The winners at last year's Staff Awards.The winners at last year's Staff Awards.
The winners at last year's Staff Awards.

​This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ULHT Staff Awards, and we are so proud of all of our fantastic colleagues who have been recognised for providing the best possible quality of care to hospital patients in Lincolnshire over the years.​

In the last 10 years, the awards have really gone from strength to strength, as our staff and patients want to recognise the hard work, dedication and compassion of the incredible individuals and teams who provide care to the people of Lincolnshire.

Over the years, we have received over 5,000 awards nominations for our staff, and have handed out 109 awards to individuals and teams across a range of categories.

Chairman of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Elaine Baylis.Chairman of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Elaine Baylis.
Chairman of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Elaine Baylis.

This year, we are going all-out in launching our 2023 awards – aiming to get even more nominations and to reward as many staff as possible at a glittering awards ceremony in November.

This year, a few changes have been made to our award categories, to reflect the changing face of our workforce and to ensure equity of access to the awards for our diverse staff groups.

For the first time, we are introducing a rising star award which will go to someone who is a student or cadet, or someone who has been within the trust for less than a year, but in that time has really made their mark. This might be through supporting colleagues, displaying excellent patient care, developing a service or innovating for the benefit of staff and patients.

This year we have also introduced an equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) champion of the year award, which will recognise an individual or team that has been a champion of diversity and inclusion for the trust, with actions that have positively impacted upon colleagues and the organisation as a whole. This could include a broad range of actions to promote, further and develop awareness and understanding of EDI issues, and tackling discrimination in any form.

Every year, our staff awards are entirely funded by sponsorship, and we are so grateful to local businesses and our suppliers who support us in making this happen for our fantastic staff.

This year’s awards are now open and we’re calling for people to make a nomination and recognise people working in our hospitals who are doing amazing things every day. To nominate someone for an award, please fill in a form available at by Friday, September 1.