MEDICAL professionals from Northumberland and North Tyneside have been celebrated for their work providing high quality care to patients.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust held its 2019 Building a Caring Future staff awards which recognised the efforts of ‘Northumbria heroes’ – individuals and teams on the frontline in hospitals and in the community and behind the scenes.

Revamped this year to take into account how non-clinical roles support the delivery of patient care, 12 awards were given out at the ceremony which was entirely sponsored.

Award winners included domestic assistants, occupational therapists and admin teams who have gone above an beyond for patients at hospitals within the trust, which runs Hexham General Hospital.

Sir Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Our annual staff awards generate a fantastic buzz within our trust and are a real highlight in our calendar.

“In these challenging times for the NHS when our services are busier than ever, it’s important to take a step back and celebrate our staff and the extraordinary lengths they go to on the frontline and behind the scenes.”