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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 2017

In 2017, the Healthcare Humanity Awards will continue to recognise the growing span of the healthcare sector through the following categories:

Open Category- For Primary/Acute/Tertiary Care and Specialty Centres
Intermediate Long-Term Care Sector (ILTC) Category - For Home Based, Centre Based and Residential ILTC/Social and Community Care Services
Caregiver Category- See below for definition
Volunteer Category- See below for definition

 (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/ Social and Community Care Services e.g. SACs, SCCs, Rehab Centres

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

 

Caregiver Category*

Non Sector Specific

 

Any family member, relative or friend who provides caregiving to a patient/client/beneficiary of a healthcare/social and/or community care organisation

 

Volunteer Category**

Non Sector Specific

Any person who offers time to be of service to a healthcare/social and community care organisation (specific to services for the sick, disabled or elderly) without receiving compensation. Volunteers who do home visits are also eligible.

 



Definition of Healthcare Worker

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

The person may be:

(a)  Employed by a healthcare institution/provider (including government-restructured hospitals, private hospitals, community hospitals, step-down nursing care facilities, inclusive of senior care centres (SCC), senior activity centres (SAC), elderly day care centres, rehabilitation centres, home nursing care providers and private clinics;


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


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


(d)  Self-employed as a healthcare provider.



For the Intermediate Long-Term Care Sector (ILTC), the healthcare staff may also be employed in the following:

(a) Home Based Services:

-   Home Medical Care

-   Home nursing care

-   Palliative Home Care

-   Meals-On-Wheels

-   Escort/Transport Services

-   Home Personal Care

(b) Centre Based Services:

-   Community Rehabilitation

-   Dementia Day Care

-   Social Day Care; i.e. Senior Activity Centre, Senior Care Centre

(c) Residential ILTC Services:

-   Community Hospitals

-   Chronic Sick Hospitals

-   Nursing Homes

-   Inpatient Hospice Care

-   Sheltered Homes for Ex-Mentally III

-   Respite Care

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/client/beneficiary care or essential ancillary patient/client/beneficiary care related services are excluded from the definition of “healthcare worker.”

*Caregiver Category – May be nominated by any healthcare/social and community care organisation

As the care for our sick and disabled shift from healthcare workers in institutions to caregivers within the home environment, a Caregiver Category was added in 2016 to honour the extraordinary caregiver in our midst, i.e., an individual such as a family member, relative 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, relative 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 services for the sick, disabled or elderly) was also added in 2016 to recognise outstanding volunteers helping out in the healthcare community.

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/social and community care organisation.” Voluntary efforts at patients’ homes may also be recognised. However, the volunteer has to be nominated by the healthcare/social and community care organisation that provides oversight of the patient/client/beneficiary’s care.

Qualifying Criteria for Open and ILTC Categories

The nominee must be one who exemplifies several or all of these values:

-   Courage

-   Extraordinary Dedication

-   Selflessness

-   Steadfastness in ethics

-   Compassion and Humanity

Through exemplary conduct and manifestation of the above values in the course of their activities, the nominee should be someone who live up to being “true to the calling” of caring for the sick and the infirmed. The nominee should be an inspiration to other healthcare workers and the public, and embodies the strength and virtues of the human spirit. Consideration will be accorded to whether the nominee has manifested the above values throughout his/her daily conduct or in a “one off” extraordinary incident.

The nationality of the person is immaterial so long as they have been working in and contributing to the health and social care landscape in Singapore.

To avoid all possible ambiguities, the Healthcare Humanity Awards is NOT

-   A Long Service Award

-   An Award for Service Efficiency or Service Excellence per se

-   A Productivity Award

-   An Award for Professional Achievement

Qualifying Criteria for Caregiver and Volunteer Categories

The nominees for these two categories should also exemplify several or all of these values:

-   Courage

-   Extraordinary Dedication

-   Selflessness

-   Steadfastness in ethics

-   Compassion and Humanity

Their stories should be an inspiration to us and also embodies the strength and virtues of the human spirit.

Past Winners

Nominees who have won awards in preceding years may be nominated again, provided that the new nomination is for new deeds/actions by the nominee that have not previously been the basis of an earlier award.

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 2017, 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.

Nominations Are 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/client/beneficiary receiving care can be from any sector)

  o   Nominations must be made by the healthcare/social and community care organisation where the patient/client/beneficiary is receiving care.

(d) For volunteers (the patient/client/beneficiary 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 2017 is now open for nominations. Nominations close on 25 November 2016.  

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Instructions and Information

Open Category – Primary/Acute/Tertiary/Specialty Centres

ILTC Category – Home Based, Centre Based, Residential Services, SACs, SCCs, Rehab Centres

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:

25 November 2016, 5pm. (only softcopies will be accepted).

Please direct enquiries to the Healthcare Humanity Awards Secretariat at telephone 6496-6084/6850 or email HHA@nhg.com.sg.

 
     
     
   
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