Raising awareness Our blog Exceptional Service Awards 2021 What better way to cap off a difficult year for people in the health, education and social care services than by putting them forward for an award? We are inviting nominations for the annual Encephalitis Society Exceptional Service Awards which is your chance to show how much an individual or an organisation has helped you. Whether it is your doctor, nurse, a social worker, teacher, legal professional or team at your local hospital which cared for you or a loved one, we want to know who you believe deserves to be thanked for going the extra mile in providing you excellent encephalitis care and support. Nominees can be based anywhere in the world, we welcome international submissions. Sara Birch Ares, Support Services Coordinator, said: “We don’t often get an opportunity to really show our health professionals, teachers or other professionals how much we appreciate them. This is a fantastic chance to say thank you to any person or organisation which has made a difference to your life.” Your responses as to why nominees are deserving of an award will be used by our panel of judges to decide the winners, so please be sure to show how an individual or organisation has helped you and your family. Successful nominees will be notified and awards distributed in April 2021. The deadline to nominate a person or team for an award is 26th March 2021. Make a nomination Excellence in Social Care – awarded to a care professional who has gone the extra mile in providing care for you, a family member, or friend. Excellence in Education – awarded to an education professional who has gone the extra mile in providing education for you, a family member or friend Excellence in Health/Medicine – awarded to any health or medical professional who has gone the extra mile in the provision of your, a family member or friend’s healthcare Excellence in Legal – awarded to a legal professional who have gone the extra mile in providing legal advice and assistance for you, a family member or friend Excellence on the Frontline – awarded to any frontline worker who has gone the extra mile for you, a family member or friend. This is an open category - this year with COVID-19 we have seen how important key workers can be in our community, for instance, and want to give you space to thank anyone who has gone above and beyond to help. Excellence as an Employer – awarded to an employer who has gone the extra mile in supporting you, a family member or friend. Team/Organizational Excellence - awarded to any team or organisation who have gone the extra mile in helping you, a family member or friend.