Rachel Power, Chief Executive of the Patients Association 

What are The One Show NHS Patients Awards?

This July the NHS is reaching an incredible milestone - its 70th birthday.

To celebrate this wonderful anniversary I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that together with The One Show, we want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the brilliant people who keep our world-class health service running day after day. 

Together we are inviting patients, their families and carers from all over the UK to nominate people currently working in the NHS in all health professions who have gone the extra mile to look after them, or done something even more exceptional. You can put forward individuals in as many categories as you like and entries must be received by midnight Thursday 5th April.

We regularly hear incredible stories from patients about how they have been cared for, and we want this amazing work to be recognised. We'd love to hear from as many of you as possible, to please get nominating!



Children and young people's care award

This category is open to anyone currently working for the NHS treating or caring for patients under the age of 18. If you are a young person who has been treated by the NHS or their parent or carer this is your chance to say 'thank you' to someone who looked after you. We are looking for those individuals whose care really stood out. If you are under 18 please ask a parent or guardian to make the nomination on your behalf.

Healthcare award

This category is open to doctors, consultants of all specialities including GPs and anesthetists, paramedics, allied health professionals, scientists and pharmacists currently working for the NHS. If they have treated you or a member of your family please tell us why you would like us to honour them. We are looking for inspirational stories of outstanding treatment or care.

Nursing and Midwifery award

This category is open to nurses including district nurses and midwives currently working for the NHS. If they have treated or cared for you or a member of your family and you’d like to thank them please tell us why. We are looking for exceptional individuals who have gone above and beyond their normal day-to-day duties to have a positive impact on patients’ care.

Lifetime achievement award

We are looking to celebrate the work of someone special who has dedicated much of their working life to the NHS in whatever capacity, medical or non-medical and deserves wider recognition. If they have cared for you or your family or you work with them please tell us about them so we can honour their contribution. For this category we will also consider nominees who’ve recently retired.

Unsung hero award

This is the category for the army of support staff who keep the NHS running but don’t always get noticed. They might be porters, drivers, receptionists, lab workers, they may be NHS employees (or volunteers who give up their time for free). We are looking for individuals who go beyond the call of duty to really make a difference. You can nominate them if you are a patient or a colleague.



Nominations are now closed.

Selection process 

This isn’t about ranking people above each other; it’s about finding people who are representative of the range and amazing inspirational work that happens all across the NHS. All entries will be considered by our team of researchers and nominations will be selected to go before a panel of judges in each category based on their suitability and the information supplied by the nominee. The panel which will include a representative from the Patients Association, will then shortlist those nominations and select a winner in four of the categories. The makeup of the panel will be announced at a later date.

Award ceremony

The winners of the first four categories will be revealed in a special edition of The One Show.

Viewers will also be able to vote for the winner of the unsung hero award during the show from a shortlist of three and the winner will be revealed at the end of the show.

Thank you for taking part, please ensure you read through the category criteria above and questions on the form carefully before submitting your nomination.


The One Show NHS Patients Awards terms and conditions

Watch our Vice President Angela Rippon meet some of the wonderful staff at The Countess NHS Trust: