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Nominate your ‘public choice’ in our CUH annual awards

We are pleased to be partnering with the Cambridge Independent newspaper to invite nominations for the Public Choice award, part of our annual staff awards programme.

Now in its third year, the CUH annual awards recognise and celebrate teams and individuals whose care, commitment and compassion have shone through for our patients, colleagues, and the wider community.

The Public Choice award (opens in a new tab) gives Cambridge Independent readers the chance to recognise those people who made a difference to the care and treatment they’ve received at Addenbrooke’s, the Rosie or one of our other sites.

CUH Annual Awards Public Choice logo

The panel of judges want to hear your stories of kindness, compassion, and expertise.

The Public Choice Award is the only category open for public nomination, which can be made via a simple form on the newspaper’s website (opens in a new tab) and there is the opportunity to include a message that will be passed to staff.

Director of Corporate Affairs - Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Ian Walker, director of corporate affairs at CUH, said:

“We really value our Public Choice award partnership with the Cambridge Independent, and we’re very grateful for their continued support for our awards programme. I’d like to thank readers for taking the time to share their personal experiences of care in our hospitals. Over the last two years we’ve been incredibly moved by the many stories of kind, compassionate and expert care. These stories have really helped to remind our amazing staff, who work so hard every day, how valued and appreciated they are by patients and families from all over our region, and further afield.

“Please take a few minutes to submit a nomination to recognise an individual or a team at Addenbrooke’s, The Rosie or one of our other sites. Hearing your stories really does make a huge difference to our staff.”

Paul Brackley, editor of the Cambridge Independent, said: "We are delighted to team up with Cambridge University Hospitals for the Public Choice Award again this year. We know our readers really value the opportunity to say thank you and show their appreciation for the dedication, care and expertise they, or their loved ones, have experienced at Addenbrooke's, The Rosie and other CUH sites. We have been greatly moved by the nominations we have received in the last two years.

"As before, your messages will all be passed on, so that our hard-working NHS staff know how valued they are by those in our communities."

Last year, the award went to the specialist haemoglobinopathy team at CUH for the outstanding care and support they provide for the sickle cell community in the East of England.

Four members of the specialist haemoglobinopathy team
Specialist haemoglobinopathy team - winners of the Public Choice Award in 2023

Martin Besser, consultant in haematology, said:

“I am very proud to be a part of the specialist haemoglobinopathy team. We have a dedicated and talented team, absolutely committed to providing care and support for the sickle cell community in the East of England. We love what we do, and being recognised by our patients in the Public Choice award last year meant a lot to us.

“The Public Choice award is so important – getting feedback from patients on the many innovations, large and small, that our tireless teams are implementing to make the biggest difference to care. Anyone can be recognised for the contribution they make, regardless of their job role. It encourages us all to never stop innovating when we see the ways in which we can improve patient care and experience.”

The Cambridge Independent and CUH will judge the entries to the Public Choice award (opens in a new tab) once nominations close in June.

CUH is planning celebratory events for all staff nominated to this award, and the internal awards categories, in July. A special awards ceremony for the finalists will then be held in November in Cambridge.