Nurses, midwives, doctors, vaccination teams and domestic staff are among those celebrated in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 74 birthday, as the NHS Parliamentary Awards shortlist is revealed.
NHS chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, praised the hundreds of NHS staff and volunteers who have been nominated by their MP, as part of the NHS Parliamentary Awards for providing outstanding care to their patients.
Regional champions have been selected by panels of senior regional NHS representatives for their dedication to the health service and to people they care for in their communities.
From cancer teams who are working tirelessly to treat cancer sooner with the introduction of a new diagnostic centre, to a crisis car providing 24/7 emergency mental health support for those who need it most – staff from across the health service are being honoured for making a difference to patients, including from urgent and emergency, primary and mental health care.
All of the regional winners will be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on 6 July in Westminster, a day after the NHS’s 74 birthday.
Amanda Pritchard, NHS chief executive, said:
“Undoubtedly one of the NHS’ greatest strengths is our extraordinary staff – each one an important part of the NHS team which has treated more than 750,000 patients with COVID, delivered more than 124 million COVID jabs and worked tirelessly to make significant inroads recovering services impacted by the pandemic.
“The last two years have been incredibly challenging for everyone, including not just NHS staff but all key workers, but through this, health and care staff and volunteers have continued to make a real difference to their patients.
“This is reflected in the hundreds of nominations received from across the country and I want to congratulate every one of those people receiving recognition for service to their communities and making a real and lasting difference for patients”.
Over 700 nominations were submitted, more than last year, with half of MPs representing constituencies in England doing so.
The NHS Parliamentary Awards recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.
Launched in March, it asked MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies, across 10 categories.