Shortlist announced for first NHS Health and Care Apprenticeship Awards


Excitement is building for the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Health and Care Apprenticeship Awards 2022, the first-ever system-wide celebration of apprentices in the region.

Having received almost 300 nominations across 11 categories, including the ‘Above and Beyond’ and the ‘Rising Star’ awards, a team of judges from education, careers and widening participation services from the region have had the tough job of selecting a shortlist of 10 nominees for each award category.

Ruth Keeler, strategic lead for careers and engagement at Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership, said: “We’ve been blown away by the standard of the nominations and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate. This is the first time we have come together as one health and care system to hold these awards and recognise and celebrate the contribution our apprentices make to health and care in our region.”
Featuring apprentices from social care, primary care, local authorities, Northwest Ambulance Service (NWAS) and hospital trusts, the shortlist recognises their outstanding work across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Sarah O’Brien, chief nurse designate for the NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board, said: “It is important that we take the time to celebrate individual achievement and the role that apprenticeships play in helping to shape and grow our future workforce. By recognising and rewarding apprentices from all parts of health and care in our region I hope it will show them how valued their role is within Lancashire and South Cumbria.”
The awards ceremony is set to take place at Stanley House in Blackburn on Friday 17 June and will be hosted by The Apprentice’s Aaron Willis. He added: “I am super honoured and excited to be hosting the first-ever Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Health and Care Apprenticeship Awards.
“These awards are given to people who have gone above and beyond and deserve recognition for their hard work. I have been so impressed with the award submissions and the incredible work apprentices working in health and social care do. I can’t wait to see you all soon.”
To view the shortlist for each award category visit: Categories include:

  • • Above and Beyond
    • Perseverance
    • Promotion
    • Rising Star
    • Equality & Diversity
    • Non-clinical Apprentice of the Year
    • Team Player
    • Innovation
    • Clinical Apprentice of the Year
    • Recognition of Contribution during COVID-19
    • Employer of the Year

Tickets for the awards evening are available at

The NHS Health and Care Apprenticeship Awards 2022 are sponsored by the University of Central Lancashire, Blackburn College, Blackpool and the Fylde College, the University of Cumbria, Furness College, Health Education England, Kendal College, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub, Lancaster and Morecambe College, Preston College, Runshaw College and Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership. Follow @nhsappawards and #LSCAppAwards on Twitter as the countdown to the evening continues.

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