The Bristol Health and Care Awards 2016

Some of Bristol’s most hardworking and talented health workers were honoured at a sparkling awards ceremony on Thursday 10 March. The Bristol Post’s first ever Health and Care Awards, organised in partnership with Bristol Health Partners, were hosted by Private Eye’s medical columnist Dr Phil Hammond and included a singing flash mob to make the evening start with a bang.

These awards were a unique opportunity to celebrate the success and hard work of the health and care community in Bristol, with winners announced in 15 categories. From the GPs, pharmacists, nurses and hospital teams on the front line, to volunteers and community organisations supporting people day to day, to the researchers and scientists whose work leads to real improvements in health and care, these awards aimed to include everyone who makes a difference to the health of people in Bristol.

The winners

GP Practice of the Year
Bristol University Student Health Service

Health Care Professional of the Year
Sue Brand at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Early Years Award
Sandra Tanner at the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

Healthy Neighbourhood Award
Wellspring Healthy Living Centre

Best Patient and Public Involvement Award
Breast MRI Team at North Bristol NHS Trust in partnership with BUST (Breast Unit Support Trust)

Volunteer of the Year
Derek Dominey, supporting people with dementia in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

Voluntary and Community Sector Team of the Year
Freewheelers EVS

Mental Health Team of the Year
Dementia Wellbeing Service

Hospital Team of the Year
Enhanced Recovery Team, North Bristol NHS Trust

Rising Star Award
James Henderson at North Bristol NHS Trust

Health Campaign of the Year
It’s in the Bag

Best Innovation Award
Andrew Freeman-Fielding at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Research Impact Award
Professor AV Ramanan at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Together We Achieve Award
Energise, exercise-based cancer rehabilitation at Easton Leisure Centre

Outstanding Achievement
Dr Alan Whone at the Bristol Brain Centre, North Bristol NHS Trust

Bristol Post Editor Mike Norton said:

“The first ever Bristol Post Health and Care Awards were a tremendous success. In association with Bristol Health Partners, the 15 awards celebrated the outstanding work, care, innovation and services across the health and care sector in Bristol. It was an uplifting event which we hope brightened the spirits of those working in the sector.”

Bristol Health Partners chair Andrea Young, who gave an opening speech and handed out the last award of the night, said:

“The awards were a rare chance to profile the work that people in our health and care sector get on with, day in, day out. On the evening itself, there was enormous support for everyone in the room, regardless of organisational boundaries. This embodies what Bristol Health Partners is all about. It’s testament to the sense of community and collaboration in our sector, that these awards outshone similar ones run by the Post. The warmth and energy in the room was incredible.”

Here are the night’s vital statistics:

Infographic on the 2016 Bristol Health and Care Awards

Find out more about all the winners at

See who said what on Twitter #bristolhealthawards

Some of the winners at the Bristol Health and Care Awards

Download the 2015-16 Bristol Health Partners annual review (PDF)