The finalists in the inaugural Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Awards have been revealed, with a number of care home and domiciliary care services among the nominees.

The awards, set to take place in Belfast on April 28, have been launched to recognise and celebrate the hard work and dedication of providers and their staff across both sectors.

Home care provider Connected Health is up for two awards, including Agency of the Year and Health and Social Care Leader of the Year, with CEO Douglas Adams nominated in this category.

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There are 10 providers shortlisted in the Care Home of the Year category, including Cregagh Care Home in Belfast, The Croft in Newtonabbey and Three Islands Care Home in Toomebridge.

Other categories include Healthcare Assistant of the Year, Social Care Support Worker of the Year and Supported Living Service of the Year.

Registered nurse, Kieran McCormick, co-founder of the 2022 NI Health & Social Care Awards, said: “For the last 20 months, our health and social care professionals have faced unprecedented challenges from a worldwide pandemic.

“And whilst Covid is still putting extreme pressure on the sector and our frontline staff, it is important that their unwavering dedication and ongoing efforts are recognised and that we thank and celebrate the entire sector.”

The awards ceremony will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast on April 28. The event will start with a drinks reception at 6.30pm.

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