Published on: 13 September 2023


Nominations for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s 2023 HEARTS (Honouring Exceptional and Really Terrific Staff) Awards opened at the beginning of September for members of the public to recognise the care and support of Trust staff and volunteers. 
Nominations closed on Friday 13 October - thank you to everyone for your nominations. The nominations will then be judged by a panel that includes a local patient representative and the chosen finalists in each category will be invited to the awards ceremony in November. 

The categories for the awards are below: 

  1. Clinical Team of the Year - For teams that have risen to the challenge of working in ever changing circumstances and have delivered compassionate care to patients. 

  1. Non-Clinical/ Corporate Team of the Year - For working tirelessly, facing challenging issues and working effectively for the wider benefit of the Trust and patients. 

  1. Rising Star - This award celebrates outstanding performance within the organisation and celebrates growing talent at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. This person will be new to the NHS or their profession and have made exceptional contributions to their team and service.  

  1. Inspirational Leader - For showing real care and compassion for colleagues, always finding time to listen to concerns, remaining available and open to discussion and offering support and guidance.  

  1. Derbyshire Healthcare Lifetime Achievement – To celebrate NHS75, this award is to honour a member of the Trust who has dedicated at least 25 years of their career to the NHS. They will truly reflect the Trust values and will have demonstrated a commitment to providing support and care to patients and staff.    

  1. Outstanding Care and Compassion Award – This award is for an individual who goes that extra mile to ensure their service is caring and compassionate and makes a difference to the lives of patients, service users, carers and staff.  

  1. Environment Impact/ Green Award – This award is for a team who can demonstrate the achievements and progress being made across the Trust to tackle carbon reduction, implement sustainable practices and improve the health of the community.   

  1. Quality Improvement/ Research Excellence Award – This award will go to an team which can demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to research and development and Quality Improvement.  

  2. Equality and Diversity Award – This award recognises an individual that has made significant contributions in promoting equality and inclusion for patients and communities and for colleagues in the workplace.  

  3. Making a Difference Award – For making a positive difference to the lives of the people we serve day to day by taking initiative without being prompted, demonstrating exceptional reliability and a willingness to help, and embodying our values: Respect, Honesty, People First and Do your Best.