Uncover our ‘Health Hero’

NHS Lothian’s annual search for our ‘Health Hero’ launches today (8 February 2016).


To mark the launch, Forth One presenter Arlene Stuart paid last year’s Health Hero, Margaret McEwan, a visit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children along with Jane Rennie and her daughter Bella, who nominated Margaret for the accolade.

The ‘Health Hero’ award allows the people of Lothian to recognise a healthcare worker who has gone above and beyond in their day-to-day role, and who has put their heart and soul into their work to provide exceptional patient care.

NHS Lothian staff are the heartbeat of the organisation and we want to recognise their hardwork.

Without the dedication of our nurses, doctors, porters, care assistants, admin staff, allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and many more, we couldn’t provide the high quality healthcare we do 365 days of the year.

Tim Davison, Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said: “The Celebrating Success Awards mark the inspiring and truly amazing work that takes place across health services in Lothian every day.

“Healthcare is advancing at great speed and we have many challenges and opportunities ahead in ensuring we continue to provide the level of high-quality, patient-centred healthcare that we do.

“Many of our 24,000 staff go above and beyond in their duties every day and put our values at the heart of every day working life. These hard-working and dedicated members of staff are really at the heart of NHS Lothian and this award is a small way that we can say thank you for providing the standards of care that NHS Lothian is so proud of.”

The Health Hero award is open to all healthcare workers in NHS Lothian and the public are invited to nominate anyone who has made a real difference to them or a loved one, or who they feel deserves recognition for going that extra mile.

The annual Celebrating Success Awards aim to recognise and engage with our staff members who have a passion for their profession and embrace the organisation’s core values of quality, dignity and respect, care and compassion, openness, honesty and responsibility and teamwork.


Notes to editors:

Members of the public can nominate at the NHS Lothian website: http://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/MediaCentre/CelebratingSuccess/Pages/csa.aspx


Nominations can be submitted by email to celebrating.success@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or by post to:

The Celebrating Success Team
NHS Lothian
Waverley Gate
2-4 Waterloo Place,
EH1 3EG.

Nominations can also be made over the phone by calling 0131 465 5645.

Entries close on 8 April 2016.

The shortlist will be announced in early May with winners revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh on 17 June 2016.

Show support for the #lothianheartbeat

The definition of a heart means different things to different people. For some it represents spirit, for others it is about compassion and kindness whilst for most people it symbolises love.

Our staff are the heartbeat of NHS Lothian and without all of our nurses, doctors, porters, care assistants, administration staff and many more, we wouldn’t be able to provide the level of healthcare we do for you every day of the year.

Help us to show some love and give a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to those staff who go above and beyond in their jobs every day of the year.

Join us with our #lothianheartbeat campaign and show your support for our staff.

What can you do to support this campaign?

1. See a heart – you could make a heart shape with your hands, draw a heart on a piece of paper, wear a piece of heart shaped jewellery or you might even see a cloud-shaped heart in the sky.

2. Take a photo of it.

3. Tweet or Facebook the photo with a message about why you’re showing your support for our staff.

4. Add the hashtag #lothianheartbeat and tag us @NHS_Lothian.