Stockport’s Health and Care Heroes Recognised

The outstanding contributions made to the health and care of others across Stockport, during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been recognised at the inaugural ‘Stockport Health and Care Awards 2021’.

The winners, both teams and individuals, were presented with their awards at Stockport Town Hall on Tuesday, 23 November, at a restricted capacity event. Those in attendance heard about the tremendous work of the shortlisted and nominated candidates, who went above and beyond during the pandemic. More than 300 nominations were received across the 10 categories.

Dr Cath Munro, Chair of Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to publicly acknowledge how hard people have worked under such difficult circumstances. Many of those who live or work in Stockport should be proud of their contribution to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am delighted that some of these dedicated teams and individuals are being recognised.”

Karen James OBE, Chief Executive for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, said: “These awards have been a great celebration. It has been very touching to see people in Stockport show their appreciation for those working in local health and care by nominating them for these awards. The last two years have been an immense challenge for us all, and I know those working in our services will be honoured to be recognised for their efforts in this way.”

Councillor Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health at Stockport Council, commented: “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees at this year’s Health and Care Awards. It’s been an extremely challenging year and I’d like to thank everyone in the health and care industry for working so tirelessly to make our communities feel safe and supported. To be nominated is a fantastic achievement and we were proud to have received so many nominations, demonstrating the impact our health and care staff have had on the people of Stockport.”

 Full list of winners and runners up and a photo gallery can be found here 

Collaborative Award

For teams that have worked together to produce great results





Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust Estates Department / Groundwork Stockport Council / Opportunities Together resource hub

Highly Commended:

The VIP Service

The PPE Hub

Community Award

For those who have played a key role in supporting their communities



Stockport User Friendly Fellowship (STUFF) Mental Health Charity

Highly Commended:

Susan McGrail, Foetal Alcohol Support Group

Vicky Reedy, Independent


Inclusion Award

To recognise people who have worked hard to include otherwise under-represented communities





Nadia Ali

Heaton Norris Community Centre

Highly Commended:

Michelle Davenport and Signpost for Carers

PROUD @ PossAbilities


Innovation Award

For those who have challenged the ‘way we do things’ and brought fresh ideas to the way they work.




Kristan Grant – Virtual Guardian

Highly Commended:

Equipment Adaptation & Sensory Loss Team

Rachel Downs


Key Worker Award


For those working in an essential role during the lockdowns of March 2020 and beyond.





Mortuary Team – Stockport NHS Foundation Trust


Highly Commended

Sandra Walker, NHS Stockport CCG

Damian Forkan, Quality Care of Cheadle

Amy Stephens


Leadership Award

For leaders at any level







Sarah Turner, Stockport Council


Highly Commended

Kieran McMahon, Disability Stockport

Rachel Warburton, Bankfield House Care Home


Learner Award

For students or trainees completing studies during the pandemic




Yanina Rothwell-Holland, Student Paediatric Nurse,  Stockport NHS Foundation Trust /Manchester University

Highly Commended:

Leah Fitzpatrick

Libbie Kenyon, Bankfield House


Volunteer Award

For those working as part of a voluntary organisation







Stockport Talking Newspaper

Highly Commended:

Dave Chorlton, Independent

Sudhir Gangani

The Steelband Leaders



Wellbeing Award

For those who have championed physical and mental wellbeing







Clare Taylor, Bankfield House Care Home

Highly Commended:

Ailsa McPhee, Independent

Arbour Court Activities Team

Sam Sheridan


Rising Star Award

For those under 21 who have made a significant contribution during the pandemic







Leah Fitzpatrick, Apprentice Stockport Council and Alvanley Family Practice

Highly Commended:

Amy Wright

Rebecca Amos, United Response

Stockport Young Stars