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Unsung Hero Award

GoToJobBoard gears up for Unsung Hero Award Ceremony

With nominations now closed for the Unsung Hero Award, we’re gearing up to host our inaugural Unsung Hero Award ceremony in Manchester on Friday 3rd February.

Before you read the details below about the evening, we’d like extend a special thank you to everyone who nominated somebody for their dedication to the NHS in a non-medical / non-clinical capacity.

Without your nominations the event wouldn't be able to take place, so thank you for highlighting their great work!

As a nation we’re indebted to their contribution to ensuring every one of us receives the best healthcare possible: caring for our wellbeing from the moment we, as patients, step through the doors of a hospital or clinic, to the moment we’re discharged, whether for a regular checkup or through accident and emergency.

Without these NHS employees and the necessary but sometimes unheralded work they do, the NHS would not be the same. That is why the The Unsung Hero Award ceremony was conceived: to offer praise and recognition for all their hard work to Britain’s most treasured public service.

That’s why, on the night, a thoroughly deserved spotlight will be well and truly shone on them!

Where is Unsung Hero Award ceremony being held?

The event takes place at the Manchester Place Aparthotel in Manchester on Friday 3rd February 2017.


Manchester Place ApartHotel

Ducie St Manchester M1 2TP

Telephone: 0161 778 7500

Dress code: smart/casual

How will the winners be chosen?

As it has been in previous years, choosing three winners will be difficult. However, it will be a proud yet challenging task for our judges – Mark Cherry (Operations Manager at GoToJobBoard) and Tatiana Prichislenko (Marketing Manager at GoToJobBoard) – as they painstakingly sift through the countless nominations and wonderful stories about NHS staff across the country.

The winners will be announced on the evening by Enid Dunn who won last year’s Unsung Hero Award.

What’s happening at the awards?

Welcome drinks and photographs

Much like the Oscars, there will be a glass of fizz, photographs and VIP treatment to help mark the occasion as everyone arrives and throughout the day.

You are asked to arrive at 2pm for registration and welcome drinks, before making your way into The Pennine Suite at 2.45pm where the awards will start at 3pm.

A musical performance from the Royal Northern College of Music

We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) to soundtrack the afternoon and evening. Leos Strings, a professional string quartet from Leamington Spa, will be adding their own classical touch as everyone arrives, and will be playing as you mingle later on during proceedings.


Mark Cherry, Operations Director at GoToJobBoard

Our very own Operations Manager Mark Cherry will be hosting the event himself. He will be speaking passionately about GoToJobBoard, the history and his ambition for the awards over the coming years as he introduces proceedings and announces the winners himself.

Roy Lilley, NHS health policy analyst

Roy Lilley is a writer, editor, broadcaster and well-respected NHS commenter. He is a former board member of an NHS Trust who has a unique insight into the way the NHS’s organisation and the way it is ran.

Roy is known for his interesting and inspirational talks, and we’re very much looking forward to hearing what he has to say. Roy is on Twitter (@RoyLilley).

Enid Dunn, past Unsung Hero Award Winner


We’re delighted that Enid Dunn will say a few inspirational words about what winning the Unsung Hero Award meant to her and how it’s had a positive impact on her life. Enid, from Bury, was nominated for her volunteer work where she makes special bags for women who’re recovering from breast cancer surgery.

Our Unsung Hero Award winners are announced

The evening culminates wonderfully when our three Unsung Hero Award winners are announced by Mark Cherry, before they are awarded with a special trophy and an iPad Pros.

But, while we might only be highlighting three fantastic NHS workers, every single one of our nominees gets a mention in a booklet that will also act as reminder to just how important every single person the NHS employs is to the organisation and its patients.

What else is happening?

You can also look forward to some other things that will really demonstrate the importance of the NHS:

  • We’ll be inviting everyone to contribute to our ‘Why I Love the NHS’ buzzboard and write down exactly what it means to them to be part of one of our most vital and revered public service.
  • We’ll be livestreaming the event on Periscope and live Tweeting it using the hashtag #UnsungHeroAward
  • Networking: everyone will be encouraged to mingle over tea and biscuits and get to meet other individuals who are just as dedicated to the NHS as they are.

We look forward to seeing you for this unique celebration of the NHS and its much needed non-medical staff members!

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the evening or for press and media enquiries, please call us on 0161 214 7991 and our team will point you in the right direction.


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