Search for nation’s top health workers starts here!

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People in Brechin are being urged to nominate their local healthcare heroes as the hunt for Scotland’s top health workers begins.

Every year, the Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward dedicated NHS staff, support workers, volunteers and specialist teams who go the extra mile to provide outstanding patient care.

Nominations are being sought from those who want to acknowledge the quality of treatment they or loved ones have received.

This is an opportunity to reward the people who help the NHS provide world-class care to Scotland, whether in hospital, at a GP surgery or a dentist, or in the community.

Last year, three NHS Tayside healthcare workers won top awards, including Pauline Cameron, staff nurse and training officer, with the Nurse Award.

There are 16 award categories.

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, said: “Every year the Scottish Health Awards provide an opportunity to recognise individuals and teams who are dedicated to the delivery of high-quality health and care services to the people of Scotland.

“I see first-hand the energy, commitment and compassion shown by people working in our NHS and across our partners.

“These awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of frontline health and social care workers, but also shine a spotlight on those who work so hard behind the scenes in support roles to ensure we have the kind of healthcare and care services that are the envy of many other countries.”

Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on November 4.

To nominate your local healthcare hero go to www.scottishhealthawards.com. Closing date for nominations is Tuesday, September 1.