Dorset HealthCare Heroes Staff Recognition Scheme

We want to celebrate the brilliant achievements of our staff and we want you to help us!


We asked our staff how we should thank our unsung heroes, those people who we see working day in, day out, beyond the call of duty for our patients.

And overwhelmingly, they said, we just want to be thanked.

So we have our DORSET HEALTHCARE HEROES! A monthly and annual awards scheme to recognise the many brilliant people working across the Trust. Most of all, we want to say "thank you".

Anyone can nominate a member of staff, volunteer, bank worker or a team for that extra special thank you.

Nominations are open all year, because we know that we have amazing people doing amazing things 365 days a year, around the clock.

Our healthcare Heroes will be thanked each month with a certificate, we'll share their story in Trustlink and on our website and they will be invited to attend a celebration event with the Chief Executive. We'll also do our best to encourage local media to publish your inspiring stories.

Following feedback from you, there are now 8 monthly award categories to choose from, 7 of which are our Trust values:

  • Commitment to the quality of care
  • Compassion and kindness
  • Working together for patients
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts
  • Respect and dignity
  • Being a learning organisation
  • Bank worker award


A number of other changes have been made to our Heroes scheme in 2017 as a result of your feedback:

  • All scoring criteria have been published to help you write a great nomination.
  • There is now clear information to describe what happens with your nomination.
  • Nomination category descriptions have been revised.
  • Clinical and non-clinical nominations will be judged separately.
  • Certificates and pin badges are in the new purple colour scheme for 2017. It is planned to change the colour scheme each year in September following the annual awards.
  • Tea parties have been improved to ensure they are more reflective of a celebratory event.


Please keep your feedback coming so we can continue to improve our Heroes award scheme.


Annual awards celebration - 13th September 2017! (Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy)


Additional categories for the annual awards are:

  • Volunteer award
  • Leadership and management award
  • Outstanding contribution award
  • Team of the Year award
  • Public and patient engagement award


Nominations for the annual awards ARE NOW OPEN! Closing date 15th July 2017 so get your nominations in now.

Who can nominate?

How do I nominate?

Nomination Form

Monthly Award Categories

Additional Annual Award Categories

How will nominations be judged and nominees rewarded?

Annual Heroes Awards Ceremony

Any ideas / comments?

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust