The chief nursing officer for England has today urged people across the country to nominate outstanding health and care staff to be celebrated in this year’s NHS parliamentary awards.
The NHS kicked off its search to celebrate and give national recognition to staff who “go above and beyond the call of duty” at a House of Commons launch in March.
“I am looking forward to hearing stories of excellence that happen all day and every day, right across our NHS”
The NHS Parliamentary Awards were created last year to celebrate the hard work, innovative ideas and unwavering efforts of staff to put patients first – to mark 70th anniversary of the health service.
Now in their second year, MPs are now searching for and want to hear from outstanding individuals in their local area for 2019 who have made a real difference to how the NHS provides patient care.
There are 10 categories, including a lifetime achievement award to honour those who have devoted their life or career to making the NHS better, both for patients and those who work within it.
MPs have until midnight on 26 April to submit nominations for this prestigious award ceremony before they are put forward for consideration by national judges.
“Every day across the NHS you make a huge difference to the lives of the people you care for”
Meanwhile, the national judging panel for the awards has been announced today. The panel, led by CNO Dr Ruth May, will include a leading GP and advocates for young people, patients and carers.
Dr May said: “I am delighted to be a part of this year’s panel and am looking forward to hearing stories of excellence that happen all day and every day, right across our NHS as we deliver our long- term plan for the health service.
“Nurses, midwives and carers are among the millions of staff who make the NHS what it is today, so if you haven’t already done so I would encourage anyone who has seen or received outstanding care to put forward nominations to their MP, and give our local NHS staff the national recognition they deserve,” she said.
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Yvonne Coghill, NHS director for the workforce race equality standard, and vice president of the royal college of nursing, said: “The NHS Parliamentary Awards are an important opportunity to ensure that health and care staff of every discipline and background are recognised by MPs for their outstanding leadership, skills and contribution.
“Every day across the NHS you make a huge difference to the lives of the people you care for and so it is only right that MPs champion the great work in our communities.”
Individuals and teams will be key to delivering the Long Term Plan, by leading improvements on major conditions including cancer, mental health and stroke, helping to make the NHS fit for the future.
National judging panel members
- Helen Walker chief executive of Carers UK
- Professor Helen Stokes Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners
- Yvonne Coghill, NHS England director for the workforce race equality standard, and vice president of the Royal College of Nursing
- Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association
- Ethan McLaughlin, youth cancer advocate
- Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK