Judges said ‘Rachael possesses all the characteristics needed to inspire her staff and to drive the profession forward. Rachael has had an influence on the national stage by being one of the driving forces behind the first ever AHP’s day. Along with her colleague she managed to inspire AHPs across the nation to get behind a one-day focus on the contribution of the allied health professions.’
The annual Healthcare Education and Training (HEAT) Awards, run by Health Education England (HEE), aim to celebrate all that is very best about education and training in the NHS workforce and help foster an environment of compassionate, high-quality care.
This year’s winners and finalists came from all corners of the NHS, ranging from students and apprentices to tutors, directors and operational managers as well as doctors, nurses, scientists and specialists in a wide array of fields.
Following news of her win, Rachael said,
“I love my job as a dietitian and in leadership, and I am really honoured to be receiving this award. I feel very lucky to be working at a time in which local and national leaders are recognising both the worth and the potential of the allied health professions. The last couple of years have taught me that ideas are worth sharing, it’s OK to think big, collaboration is where you see the real benefits and to believe in myself.”
Entrants were nominated by colleagues with the winners chosen after three rounds of judging. Winners were announced tonight (18 July) at the Royal College of Physicians in London, at the culmination of NHS Values Week. Values Week seeks to encourage staff to think about and share how they put the values of the NHS into practice, helping to make the NHS the very best place to work.
Sir David Behan, Chair, Health Education England, said:
“Our winners, and all nominees, are examples to all of us and remind us that the strength of the NHS lies in its people.”
Prof Ian Cumming OBE, Chief Executive, Health Education England, added: “Our 790 entries this year were of an extremely high calibre, and choosing the winners was no simple process.
HEAT awards were presented in 13 categories, ranging from Inspirational Trainee and Inspirational Leader to Champion of Diversity, Champion of the NHS Constitution and Inspiring Return To Practice.