Patients asked to vote for their healthcare heroes in the first Northern Care Alliance Staff Awards

THE shortlist for the first Northern Care Alliance NHS Group’s Patients’ Choice awards has been officially revealed.

Members of the public were asked to nominate their healthcare heroes from The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, Salford Royal, its community healthcare services, and North Manchester General Hospital.

The awards recognise hospital, community and social care staff who have gone above and beyond for their patients or service users.

More than 190 nominations were received and the judging panel has shortlisted four individuals or teams for each hospital site, which will now be voted on by the public.

The winner of the Patients’ Choice award 2018 will be announced at the Northern Care Alliance Staff Awards on 16 November.

The Northern Care Alliance brings together five hospitals, 2,000 beds, specialist and acute services, a range of associated community services, and over 17,000 staff across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.  The Alliance oversees four Care Organisations for Salford, Oldham, Bury/Rochdale, and North Manchester which are responsible for providing hospital and community healthcare services to over 1m people across our local communities.

Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive of the Northern Care Alliance, said: “It is always fantastic to read the many nominations that members of the public submit each year, thanking our staff for their extraordinary contribution to them, a friend or a relative.

“We have heard many tales of kind and compassionate staff; staff who have gone above and beyond to reassure, comfort and support our patients and their relatives often in very stressful situations.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate their stars – choosing a shortlist of four was incredibly difficult for our judging panels.”

The judges were looking for examples of amazing treatment in the hospital, community or social care services.

You can vote for your winners at for staff based at The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and North Manchester General Hospital or click here.  To vote for staff based at Salford Royal go to or click here.

The closing date for voting is Friday 19 October.