Hft | News and updates | Support worker in the running for national award

An Hft support worker is angling for a national Health Heroes award and needs your support to win!

Dawn Nicholson, who is a support worker in Morpeth in Northumberland, has been nominated for the prestigious award after going above and beyond to ensure a person she supports was able to make the most of an opportunity to compete in a competition  related to a favourite hobby.

Dawn was supporting someone to attend a local angling competition when he accidentally caught his hook on Dawn’s nose while casting. Upon realising the nearest hospital was over an hour away, Dawn made the decision to delay a visit to the doctors until later and let one of the on-site fishing experts remove the hook. By putting the needs of the person she was supporting ahead of her own, Dawn ensured the person she was supporting was able to enjoy the rest of his day, which he spent competing, making new friends and even catching two fish!

Thankfully, Dawn’s nose has made a full recovery, but following the incident, managers were keen to recognise Dawn’s outstanding commitment to her role and subsequently nominated her for a Health Heroes award.

After winning the regional award in the Operational Services Support Worker category, Dawn is now going forward to the national finals, where the general public are able to vote for their winner. In November, Dawn is set to join the 32 other health heroes at an exclusive London award ceremony held at the Science Museum and hosted by Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson.

The Skills for Health Health Heroes Awards are now in their fourth year and aim to celebrate the hard work of the UK’s healthcare staff – from support workers and apprentices to workforce planner teams. Nearly 1,000 nominations were received across five categories.

Dawn Nicholson said:

“I’m so pleased to be in the running for a national Health Heroes award. Having worked in social care for over 20 years, I continue to find my role extremely rewarding every day. It’s amazing to see people trying out new activities and developing their skills. Seeing a smile on people’s faces when they achieve something new is always a fantastic feeling.”

Andrew Horner, Hft’s Divisional Director for the North said:

“Dawn’s selfless actions during the fishing excursion were above and beyond anything that we would expect of our members of staff, and are a testament to the strong connection she has built with the person she supports. The care and compassion Dawn displayed are qualities we strive to find in all our support workers and we are delighted to see her commitment to her role being recognised on a national level. Though we would still recommend that people do seek medical attention when needed!”

We’re wishing Dawn the very best of luck. To cast your vote, visit the Skills for Health website. Make sure to submit your vote before 11 October.