A SOLIHULL healthcare assistant was crowned regional winner of the Health Heroes Awards.
Steve Dawson, who works at Midland Eye, was nominated for the Clinical Support Worker of the Year 2018 category by colleagues for his dedication and commitment to his role and the unstinting support he provides to them every day.
The 38-year-old was one of 12 regional winners of the nationwide award organised by Skills for Health, the National Skills Academy for Health.
Now in its third year, the Health Heroes Awards celebrate people who go beyond the call of duty.
Actor Sunetra Sarker hosted the final of the awards in London.
Steve commented: “I was delighted to receive the award and want to thank everyone who voted for me. It was great to receive the recognition for the role I play at Midland Eye.
“I’ve been in healthcare for 20 years and I love what I do. Every patient I care for is treated like a family member, with compassion, empathy and respect. If I can relax the patient and put them at ease then I am happy I’ve made a difference.”
“One of the highlights of the day for me was when our photos were shown on the huge TV screen overlooking Arrival and Departures at Waterloo Station for eight hours from 1600 onwards.”
The overall winner of Steve’s category was Maxine Housley from Sheffield, who works in the stoma care department of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Midland Eye Clinic manager Erica Bowen said: “Steve has taken on the role of infection control link for Midland Eye, promoting and ensuring an environment conducive to continuing the prevention and control of infection for all staff, patients and visitors.
“Steve never fails to go above and beyond what is expected of him. He combines positivity with compassion and puts our patients at the heart of all he does.”