DR Hilary Jones has said it will be an "absolute pleasure" to host the 2021 Worcestershire Health & Social Care Awards this week.

Run by Newsquest’s Worcestershire titles the aim of the awards is to champion those teams and individuals that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for people during the Covid pandemic.

Good Morning Britain (GMB) star Dr Jones will be your host of the event being live streamed this Thursday.

Dr Hilary qualified in 1976 and has been ITV's health editor appearing on Daybreak, GMB and the Lorraine Kelly show since 1989.

Dr Hilary, who has an MBE for services to public health, has been a prominent face during the pandemic providing advice and opinions for GMB viewers.

Dr Hilary said: "This year perhaps more than any other it is time to recognise and celebrate the outstanding and magnificent work of all health and social care workers during the pandemic.

"I am in awe of all they have achieved and the country owes them a massive debt of gratitude. It was heart-warming and inspiring to hear all the stories from these amazing individuals and teams.”

The awards ceremony will feature a number of other celebrities including Birds of a Feather's Lesley Joseph, The Royle Family's Ricky Tomlinson and Eastenders' Jake Wood. Also set to appear are stage performer Debbie McGee and Rugby and TV star Matt Dawson.

The awards ceremony will be live streamed on the Worcester News' Facebook site this Thursday evening, (May 27), between 7pm and 8pm.

It runs for about an hour, and you don’t need to have a Facebook profile/account to watch.

Award categories being contested include Health Care Team, Care Hero, Care Home Worker, Domiciliary Home Worker, Good Nurse, Care Trainer, Child and Adolescent Health, Dementia Carer, Palliative/End of Life, Mental Health, Health Care Employer and GP Practice of the Year.