Details have been announced of the UK's first awards for Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists. The awards aim to recognise and reward health professionals, helping to raise the profile of these often overlooked professionals by showing their contribution to patient care. It is also hoped that the awards will showcase new ways of working and encourage team and partnership working. The awards are open to all allied health professionals and healthcare scientists throughout the UK. There are eight categories plus an overall winner, with a total prizefund of £15,000. The inaugural awards are being produced in partnership with a number of supporters and sponsors, including NHS Employers, The Independent newspaper, Welsh Assembly Government, BBL Medical, NHS Scotland and Reed Health Group. The awards are also supported by NHS Connecting for Health, the recently created Department of Health agency which has responsibility for delivering IT systems and services to help modernise Britain's National Health Service. The agency is sponsoring the category 'Improved Patient Care Through The Innovative Use of IT'. Speaking about the new awards, Allied Health Professional clinical lead, Jan Dowsett, said: "I'm very proud that NHS Connecting for Health is to be a sponsor of these inaugural awards". She continued: "I know that there is a lot of exciting and innovative work going on and I really hope people do take this opportunity to showcase their projects." The awards are being produced by event production company Chamberlain Dunn Associates.