Has someone gone above and beyond to help your family in North Devon? Nominate your NHS Healthcare Hero for an award.

Do you know a healthcare hero who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and deserves to be recognised for their hard work?

Now you can nominate them for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust’s Healthcare Hero 2013 Award in association with the North Devon Gazette.

Following the success of last year’s campaign, the Trust is asking for the public help to find it’s Healthcare Hero of 2013.

Nominations can be for any of the 4,500 employees across North Devon and Torridge, from doctors and nurses, therapists and support staff to cleaners and porters.

Jac Kelly, the Trust’s chief executive, said: “Our staff care passionately about our patients’ health and wellbeing and do a huge amount of excellent unsung work, whether in a hospital, in a health centre or when visiting people in their own home.

“We receive many letters, e-mails and phone calls each week from patients and their families, which highlight the positive impact our staff have had on their lives.

“While this makes me very proud, I want to make sure our unsung heroes are recognised and honoured officially for going the extra mile.

“The Healthcare Hero Awards give us the perfect opportunity to do this.”

The Trust runs North Devon District Hospital, as well as hospitals in Bideford, South Molton, Ilfracombe, Torrington and Holsworthy.

It also runs Lynton Resource Centre, and community nursing and therapy teams across the area.

The Gazette is asking readers to e-mail or write to us with their stories of how our staff have provided exceptional care and support to them and their families.

Mrs Kelly said: “We value all our staff and appreciate the commitment they make to provide the best possible care to the people of Exeter, North, Mid, East and West Devon.

“Please come forward and help us find that special member of staff who will be our Healthcare Hero for 2013.”

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, December 31 and the winners will be presented their awards early in the new year.

The Gazette will also be featuring nominations between now and then – so enter now and make sure your local Healthcare Hero is recognised for their hard work.

To enter, email your nomination to reporter Sarah Howells at sarah.howells@archant.co.uk, or written to Healthcare Hero, C/O Sarah Howells, North Devon Gazette, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 8PB.