They help 1,000 Wearside and South Tyneside people who are diagnosed with cancer a year - and now they have been nominated for an award

A team of dedicated health professionals have been praised for their excellent support for Wearside and South Tyneside people diagnosed with cancer.

Thursday, 5th March 2020, 6:00 am
Members of the Cancer Services team who have been nominated for a Best of Health Award.

More than 1,000 people in the area face a diagnosis of cancer every year.

But they can count on the support of the Cancer Services Team which is there to help patients with their quality of life.

Their outstanding help has put them in the running for a Best of Health Award. The nomination for the team said: “I have nominated the team to be recognised for all of their hard work on behalf of the patients of Sunderland and South Tyneside.”

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The 2020 Best of Health Awards.

The nomination also praised the way the team had set up health and wellbeing events such as workshops where experts explain more, and that increases the patient’s confidence. It also empowers them to better manage their own health and recovery.

Amy Johnstone, Head of Cancer Services for South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The team are delighted to be recognised in these awards and I’d like to say well done to all involved.

“They are overwhelmed at how successful the health and wellbeing events have become. They designed and implemented them after noticing a clear gap for patients with a cancer diagnosis in relation to their ongoing health and wellbeing.

“The team felt that they were in a position to help and that they could gather expertise from within our hospitals, and from community partners and charities, to offer support.

“Patient feedback from the events has been very positive. They have been variously described as ‘thought-provoking’,’ motivating’,’ inspiring’, ‘informative’ and ‘relaxed’. Patients also said that they found it invaluable to meet other people with a cancer diagnosis to share resources and to know that they are not alone on this journey.”

The Cancer Services team is one of a number of health heroes who have already been nominated for awards. We want more.

There is plenty of time to put your own health heroes in the running for honours.

This year’s awards have the support of the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust who are headline sponsors. The category sponsors are East Coast Fitness, Wonderful Wig Company and NHS Sunderland CCG. We thank them all.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 6 and the judges will meet on Wednesday, April 8, to decide on the shortlist.

The grand finale is at the Roker Hotel on Thursday, April 30, when we will announce this year’s winners.

To nominate, send your name, address and telephone number, as well as your email address, if applicable. Remember to include the category you are putting your nominated cause into.

Also send the name of the person you wish to nominate, as well as their address, telephone number and email (if known).

Send all the details to Lynn Wild by no later than Monday, April 6.

Email those entries to [email protected] or send them to Lynn Wild, North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), Wearfield Enterprise Park East, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 2TA.


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Nurse of the Year.

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Therapist of the Year.

Midwife of the Year.

Care Worker of the Year.

Unsung Hero/ Customer Service of the year.

Healthier Lifestyle.