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Lansley launches scheme to recognise 'NHS Heroes'


A new scheme to recognise the work of NHS staff in England was launched last week by the government.

The “NHS Heroes” recognition scheme was launched on Thursday to mark the 64th anniversary of the health service.

From now until mid-September, anyone working for the NHS who is nominated by members of the public, patients or colleagues as “going the extra mile in their work” will receive a recognition certificate.

Announcing the scheme, Andrew Lansley said: “Staff across the NHS in England carry out fantastic work every day. The NHS Heroes scheme is a chance for everyone to formally recognise these staff and thank them for their hard work, passion and dedication.”

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson added: “I hope that NHS staff also get involved, and nominate those people who support them at work to give world-class NHS care.”

Nomination forms can be found at


Readers' comments (9)

  • What about those staff who go many extra miles without a certificate. Where is their recognition.

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  • michael stone

    I don't suggest this idea has no merit - but I do think that Lansley should stop seriously annoying many NHS workers, before he pays too much attention to this sort of thing !

    This looks a bit like giving badges to kids - not 100%, but it would strike me as something that sits uneasily during a period of cut-backs.

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  • is he trying to hide something else and deviate attention from it?

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  • Well, that's every single one of us then! We have all helped to save the £1.7billion that the gvt has pulled back and spent elsewhere (rather than reinvesting back into healthcare, whilst sacking thousands of nurses). At least Lansley gets his face in the paper!

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  • sounds like some silly tv game.

    I should think all the nurses left in the NHS are heros!

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  • I want one and I am going to nominate my friend so she can have one.

    How much is this costing?

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  • Will you nominate me too? I don't know whether we've ever met but I want one as well, and as you're going to the trouble to fill the form in...

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  • So, is it fair to sum up all of these comments with 'not impressed by this' or not - sometimes sarcasm goes over my head.

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  • ALL STAFF in the NHS who are devoted to their patients and their work should be recognised as heros and rewarded accordingly with respect for their professionalism and adequate conditions of employment which includes properly regulated working hours, pay and appropriate staffing levels so that they can continue to deliver the care they aspire to and are trained for.

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