NHS to celebrate ‘health and care heroes’ with parliamentary awards

4 Mar 2020 11:12 AM

The NHS has today (4 March) launched the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2020, to celebrate and give national recognition to staff who go above and beyond the call of duty.

The awards were created to celebrate NHS staff, carers and volunteers – their hard work, innovative ideas and unwavering efforts to put patients first, and this year – during the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – the health service is putting the work of these professionals in particular, up in lights.

World class staff and teams are critical to the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, leading improvements on major conditions including cancer, mental health and stroke, helping to make the NHS fit for the future.

Members of Parliament are now searching for nominations to submit and want to hear from outstanding individuals in their local area, who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the health service provides care for patients.

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, chair of the national judging panel and England’s chief midwifery officer, said: “NHS staff and volunteers make the health service what it is – the largest and greatest care team in the world that provides high quality care to patients throughout the year.

“The NHS Parliamentary Awards area unique opportunity for MPs to highlight the amazing work done by NHS staff in their local areas, and I look forward to working with all of the judges to review the nominations we receive.

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said: “In 2020 the NHS is celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, which recognises the profession and the care that nurses and midwives offer to patients, as well as their expertise, skill and knowledge.

“I would encourage all those who have received high quality care from nurses and midwives, as well as other NHS staff across the health service, to send nominations to their MP to ensure that staff receive the recognition they deserve.”

The Parliamentary Awards 2020 sponsored by Fuji Film, launches in Parliament this week (March 4th) and all those who are shortlisted for excellence will be invited to an award ceremony in Parliament to celebrate their fantastic achievements.

There are ten 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.

Yoshitaka Nakamura, Managing Director of Fujifilm UK, Headline Sponsor for the Awards, said: “We have nothing but admiration for the NHS and those who work in it, alongside it and support it – and we are proud to again sponsor the NHS Parliamentary Awards in 2020.

As an organisation, Fujifilm exists to improve and enhance the quality of life of people around the world, and we are excited to learn about and celebrate the many examples of excellence, care, compassion and innovation in the NHS that shine through MPs nominations.”

Last year over 200 Members of Parliament nominated an individual or organisation for an award.

There were over 600 nominations from MPs in England – 600 examples of talent, creativity and brilliance in the NHS identified by England’s MPs.

MPs are calling for potential nominations in the following categories: