The #OurHealthHeroes campaign has been launched by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health to highlight the importance of the healthcare support workforce.

Did you know that 40% of the 2.1 million people who work in the UK health sector are support workers? These roles are critical, ensuring that hospital and healthcare practices around the UK continue to run efficiently and effectively, yet they often go unnoticed.

Support workers keep the cogs of our healthcare system going and perform a range of roles including: healthcare care assistants, assistant practitioners, porters, medical administrators, cleaners, caterers and maintenance staff.

Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health is calling for all to celebrate these unsung health heroes, and are encouraging people to say thank you.

  1. How can you support?View the #OurHealthHeroes video above. Like, Share, and Comment! They want as many people as possible to understand just how important the UK’s healthcare support workforce is.
    – Share via social media: https://youtu.be/7gUnHH9Bh7M or http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ourhealthheroes
    – Share some tweets (examples provided):1. Have you seen this wonderful support workforce video? Check it out https://youtu.be/7gUnHH9Bh7M #OurHealthHeroes
    2. Let’s talk about the healthcare support workforce! What an amazing job they do: https://youtu.be/7gUnHH9Bh7M #OurHealthHeroes
    3. Healthcare Support Workers make up 40% of the UK health sector workforce https://youtu.be/7gUnHH9Bh7M #OurHealthHeroes
    4. #OurHealthHeroes campaign is launched by @SkillsforHealth and @NSA_Health check it out: http://bit.ly/SfHOurHealthHeroes
    5. The support workforce play a significant role in the delivery of patient care, they are #OurHealthHeroes http://bit.ly/SfHOurHealthHeroes
    6. Backing support workers development could save millions every year in the UK health sector http://bit.ly/SfHOurHealthHeroes #OurHealthHeroes
  2. Help to promote this worthwhile cause via your social media channels – sharing posts, adding comments and pledging your social support using #OurHealthHeroes throughout the month of February.
  3. Access information about this campaign including; blogs, news stories, pictures, research papers, statistics, infographics, training and much, much more here: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ourhealthheroes
  4. Be a featured supporter through their website – offering insight, writing blogs or alternatively they can provide copy for your website or newsletter? You can get involved by emailing: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk– Are you a support worker? Who are you and why do you do what you do? Post it on Twitter #OurHealthHeroes
    – Are you a patient that wants to say thank you? Post it Twitter #OurHealthHeroes
    – Want to write a blog about your own experience? Email contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
    – Want to host a feature story on your own website about this campaign? Email contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk

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