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Background

The Courage Fund Healthcare Humanity Awards (HHA) is a continuing legacy of the Courage Awards that were first given out in 2003 following the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Singapore.

That year, the Courage Fund gave out more than 5,500 Courage Awards to healthcare workers in recognition of their extraordinary courage and selfless dedication in the fight against the deadly SARS virus that threatened the entire nation.

From 2004, the Healthcare Humanity Awards have been given to outstanding healthcare workers who are inspirational role models for going the extra mile to offer care and comfort to the sick and infirmed. The Awards serve to underscore that healthcare is a noble profession – and not merely a job. They also aim to raise public recognition and respect for the healthcare profession.

Healthcare Humanity Awards 2016

In 2016, three more categories will be introduced to the Healthcare Humanity Awards in recognition of the growing span of the healthcare sector. The categories for HHA 2016 will be:

Open Category
Intermediate Long-Term Care Sector (ILTC) Category
Caregiver Category
Volunteer Category

These new categories will specifically honour healthcare staff who are employed in the Intermediate Long-Term Care Sector (ILTC) as described below.

(a)  Home Based Services:

      Home medical care, Home nursing care, Palliative Home Care

(b)  Centre Based Services:

      Community Rehabilitation, Dementia Day Care, Social Day Care

(c)  Residential ILTC Services:

      Community Hospitals, Chronic Sick Hospitals, Nursing, Homes,

      Inpatient Hospice Care, Sheltered Homes for Ex-Mentally Ill


Definition of Healthcare Worker

For the purpose of the Award, a healthcare worker is defined as “any person whose job involves providing patient-care services or essential ancillary patient-care related services that have an impact on the quality of care for patients.”

The person may be:

(a)  Employed by a healthcare institution/provider (including government-restructured hospitals, private hospitals, community hospitals, step-down nursing care facilities, home care providers and private clinics;

(b)  Employed by a sub-contractor company engaged by a healthcare institution/provider to provide patient-care or essential ancillary patient-care related services;

(c)  Employed by an independent contractor company that provides essential ancillary patient-care related services;

(d)  Self-employed as a healthcare provider.



With the above definition, healthcare workers include doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, healthcare attendants, general practitioners, medical locums, ambulance drivers, contracted cleaners in hospitals/clinics, etc. Backroom administrative staff who do not provide patient-care or essential ancillary patient-care related services are excluded from the definition of “healthcare worker.”

 (See Table 1 for Summary Of The Award Categories)

Summary of the Award Categories (Table 1)

Award Category

Organisation

Eligibility

Open Category

 

For Primary/Acute/Tertiary Care and Specialty Centres

Open to all levels of healthcare workers regardless of titles, e.g., doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, support staff with direct patient care

 

Intermediate & Long-Term Care (ILTC) Sector

For Home Based, Centre Based and Residential ILTC Services

Open to all levels of healthcare workers regardless of titles, e.g., doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, support staff with direct patient care

 

Caregiver Category*

Non Sector Specific

 

Any person who provides caregiving to a patient of a healthcare organisation (non sector specific)

 

Volunteer Category**

Non Sector Specific

Any person who offers time to be of service to a healthcare organisation (non sector specific) without receiving compensation. Volunteers who do home visits are also eligible.

 


*Caregiver Category – May be nominated by any healthcare organisation

As the care for our sick and disabled shift from healthcare workers in institutions to caregivers within the home environment, a Caregiver Category has been added to honour the extraordinary caregiver in our midst, i.e., an individual such as a family member or close family friend who takes care of someone who is sick or disabled.

Definition of Caregiver

For the purpose of this HHA Caregiver Award, the caregiver is defined as “either a family member or close family friend who takes care of the sick and disabled.”

**Volunteer Category – May be nominated by any healthcare organisation

Not forgetting the part our community plays in looking after the sick and infirmed, a Volunteer Category (specific to healthcare) has been added to recognise outstanding volunteers helping out in the healthcare community.

Definition of Volunteer

For the purpose of this HHA Volunteer Award, the volunteer is defined as “an individual who provides some form of care or commits personal time performing various duties at the nominating healthcare organisation.” Voluntary efforts at patients’ homes may also be recognised. However, the volunteer has to be nominated by the healthcare organisation that provides oversight of the patient’s care.

Qualifying Criteria for Open Category and ILTC

The nominee must be a healthcare worker who exemplifies several or all of these values:

For example, if a nominee had won the Courage Award in 2003 (the forerunner of Healthcare Humanity Awards) for deeds/actions during the SARS crisis, the nominee may be nominated again for Healthcare Humanity Awards 2016, provided that the nomination is not based on the same deeds/actions cited for the earlier Courage Award.             

Judging

An independent judging panel will be formed to evaluate the nominations. The judging panel may interview the nominee and/or the nominee’s reporting officer, nominator, peers or patients as necessary. The decision of the judging panel shall be final. No correspondence or enquiry on the selection of the awardees will be entertained.

Value of Award

All awards comprise a medallion and $1,500 in cash. If the awardee is recognised in the Honourable Mention*** Category, he/she will receive a cash award of $2,000.

***In 2014, the “Honourable Mention” category was added to the Healthcare Humanity Awards. Awardees are identified based on the criteria of having contributed above and beyond their call of duty, and in particular towards humanitarian voluntary efforts whether local or abroad.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations are invited as follow:

(a)  For healthcare workers who are employed in an organisation

o     Nominations must be made by their employer and signed off by the Chief Executive Officer (or equivalent Organisation Head).

(b)  For self-employed healthcare workers

o     Nominations must be submitted by a peer, patient or any member of the public and must not be a family member or related to the nominee in any way. Self-nominations are not allowed.

(c)  For caregivers (the patient receiving care can be from any sector)

o     Nominations must be made by the healthcare organisation where the patient is receiving care.

(d)  For volunteers (the patient receiving care can be from any sector)

o     Nominations must be made by the healthcare organisation providing oversight of the patient’s care.

The Healthcare Humanity Awards 2016 is now open for nominations. Nominations close on 21 December 2015.  

Click here to download nomination forms:

Instructions and Information

Open Category – Primary/Acute/Tertiary/Specialty Centres

ILTC Category – Home Based, Centre Based, Residential Services

Caregiver Category – Non Sector Specific

Volunteer Category – Non Sector Specific

Listing Forms (For use by organisation's coordinator only)

Please submit the completed nomination forms in Microsoft Word format to your institutional coordinators. Institutional coordinators are required to collate all nominations and seek the Head of Organization’s endorsement before sending all nominations to HHA@nhg.com.sg by:

21 December 2015, 5pm. (only softcopies will be accepted).

Please direct enquiries to the Healthcare Humanity Awards Secretariat at telephone 6496-6084/6245 or email HHA@nhg.com.sg.

 
     
     
   
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