Another exciting week unfolds at HUC as we virtually host the Annual Staff Awards to celebrate our employees and all their hard work in the most challenging times. The last year has meant that HUC was at the forefront the UK’s pandemic response and we have seen many examples of incredible work from our colleagues. While it hasn’t been possible to have a physical awards ceremony this year, that’s not going to stop us from having a virtual process — with the nominations and winners being announced internally every day this week. The virtual nature of the awards shouldn’t in any way reduce the value of the sense of achievement in being nominated, runner-up or winning an award. We’ve put together small videos, showcasing the achievements of the individuals and teams and hope you enjoy them, some of which we will share across our website and social media once the winners have been announced.

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to nominate a colleague or team for an award, as without your contribution the judging panel and wider organisation would never have had the opportunity to celebrate the various achievements. This year, the Communications team received nominations for over 180 individuals and team members, which shows some of the excellent work and contributions to HUC’s success over the last twelve months.

Onwards and upwards
Like all awards, there must be an official winner in each of the categories. However, I am sure you will agree that everyone nominated is a winner by the fact that their efforts and contributions over the year have been visible to colleagues and so positively received.

A huge well done to everyone who has been nominated, the judges for their hard work in trying to find a winner from the high quality of nominations and of course to all of the winners and runners up, the identity of whom will be released shortly.

Hopefully, thanks to the huge effort of the NHS in treating patients with COVID-19 over the last twelve months and the incredible work that has been carried out to develop and deploy a vaccine, our next awards may be a bit closer to normal and provide a chance to truly celebrate their success in person.

Warm wishes,
David Archer

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