NHS Tayside STAR Awards are back! 

Nominations are now open for the 2022 NHS Tayside Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Awards, following a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The STAR Awards celebrate individuals, teams and services working within NHS Tayside that deliver outstanding patient care or go the extra mile in their job.  
No matter what their job is, any member of NHS Tayside staff can be nominated, including medical and nursing staff, therapists, community staff, support staff and those who work in the more ‘hidden’ departments who may not deal with patients on a day-to-day basis.
It is quick and easy to nominate your STAR online at www.starawardstayside.scot.nhs.uk and both staff and the public have until 5pm on Friday, 22 July to make their nominations.
NHS Tayside Chief Executive, Professor Grant Archibald said, “The efforts of each and every one of our staff over the past two years have really been remarkable. It’s not going to be easy to single out individuals and that is why there is an added element to this year’s awards where we will be able to look back on the achievements of all of our teams and services during the pandemic and show our collective appreciation for the dedication and commitment shown by all staff. 
“These awards also allow members of the public to nominate a person or team who they believe has made a difference to them and their family. 
“We have had tremendous support from the Tayside public over the course of the pandemic and I’m sure they will continue to support us with their nominations.”
Members of the public can nominate their NHS Tayside STARs in seven categories. 
1.    Clinical Staff Award
2.    Support Staff Award
3.    Top Team Award
4.    Top Support Team Award 
5.    Global Citizenship Award
6.    Young Achiever Award
7.    Unsung Hero Award
There are also two more specialist categories which are open to nominations from NHS Tayside staff. These are the Innovation and Improvement Award, and the Inspiring Educator/Trainer Award.
NHS Tayside Chair Lorna Birse-Stewart added, “We received a record number of nominations in 2020 when the awards were last held, which is testament to the high regard that the public have for our staff. There have been many very deserving finalists in previous years and I’m sure this year will be no different. The judging panel will, I am sure, have a very difficult job and I am looking forward to this year’s ceremony in October.”
Full details of the categories: 

The award categories open to nominations from members of the public are:
•    Clinical Staff Award - a doctor, nurse, healthcare assistant, consultant, surgeon, physiotherapist, occupational therapist etc  

Someone who goes the extra mile for their patient or colleagues/NHS Tayside
•    Support Staff Award - a domestic assistant, porter, receptionist, service manager, estates or catering staff etc 

Someone who goes the extra mile within their job role helping colleagues/NHS Tayside or patients and visitors 
•    Top Team Award - podiatrists, physiotherapists, public health, healthcare assistants, nurses, doctors, a whole ward team of all job families 

A team that strives to deliver the best possible quality of health and care for people in Tayside.
•    Top Support Team Award - a service delivery team, laboratory team, administration team, support services team eg domestic, porter or catering team 

A team that, although not directly providing clinical services, very much supports the delivery of high quality healthcare in NHS Tayside. 

•    Young Achiever Award 

An individual aged 30 years or younger on 31 December 2022 who has demonstrated outstanding achievement as part of their working life. 

•    Unsung Hero Award 

An individual who, in the course of doing their job, makes a real difference for people in Tayside, but whose work often goes unrecognised. 

•    Global Citizenship Award 

Any individual, group or team who in addition to their health or social care day job also volunteer in global health and social care work. 

Anyone who needs assistance to complete the nomination form can call the nomination phone line on 01382 632087. The phone line is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Nominations close on at 5pm on Friday, 22 July.