Winners announced for Learning Matters Health and Care Awards 2017

As part of the joint regional award programme and learning campaign between Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) and Health Education England (HEE), the Learning Matters Awards celebrates all kinds of learning across the health and care sector. We are pleased to announce the thirteen winners, who will receive their awards at the ceremony on Monday 15th June.

The nominations they reviewed reflected a diversity of people and projects in the NHS, local authorities, the voluntary and private sector. They encompassed clinicians, carers, patients and the public in both paid and volunteer roles. They featured people taking their first steps into work and education, those who tirelessly volunteer year after year and people who selflessly and skilfully support the development of others.

These nominations all had one thing in common. They were all outstanding examples of the benefits of any investment in learning and development for people and organisations. They all illustrated just how and why adult learning is good for people and – importantly for everyone in the health and care sector – especially the patients and service users. The impact of this learning was transformational for all those involved. Award categories reflected the concerns and priorities of all award partners and sponsors through a number of overarching themes. This meant the award categories guaranteed a richness of nominations which then subsequently provided an incredibly powerful narrative of what success looks like in health and care for the region.

The awards are part of a cross sector adult learning campaign which recognises the contribution that adult learning makes to individual, community and economic wellbeing as well as the continued development of the health and care sector. The overarching theme is simple: lifelong learning is good for people, organisations and health.

“We are proud to be working with Health Education England and their partners to deliver the 2017 Learning Matters Awards in Health and Care. We have taken great pride in leading this year’s awards development. We believe it is more important than ever to recognise the achievements of those people and organisations who invest in their own learning and that of others; and to recognise the positive impact that this can have on the wider community.”

”We were particularly pleased to see clear examples of effective cross-sector working and asset based community development where voluntary and community organisations can play an important part in increasing health and wellbeing across the North West, and in reducing the health inequalities that exist. Congratulations to all those who have been nominated and well done to all the winners.”
— Warren Escadale, Chief Executive at Voluntary Sector North West