Burnley and Padiham MP Julie Cooper has announced the local health and care workers she has nominated for national awards to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.
The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by IBM, was set up to recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.
MPs in England were called on to put forward outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how local health and care services provide care for patients.
As chosen by the MP, the following are now the official nominees representing the Burnley and Padiham constituency in the national competition:
The Excellence in Cancer Care Award
Burnley Estates Team:
The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award
Mental Health Acute Pathway Team
The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award
Acute Stroke Team
The Person-Centred Care Champion Award
Placenta Clinic Team
The Future NHS Award
Robotic Surgery Team
The Healthier Communities Award
Children’s Integrated Therapy and Nursing Services Team
The Care and Compassion Award
Louise Bardon – Bereavement Midwife
The Lifetime Achievement Award
Mrs Cooper, who is also the Shadow Health Minister for Communities, said: “Everyone in Burnley and Padiham is rightly proud of our local NHS and care services, and I’m delighted to be taking part in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards as a way of thanking and recognising the people who work in or support those services.
"It was a difficult task to choose the nominees from all of those put forward by their employers, colleagues and members of the public however I feel certain that all of those suggested have given exceptional service to the people of Burnley, something for which I am extremely grateful.
“As well as getting behind our nominees for these awards, I hope local people will take the opportunity to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday in other ways, whether it’s by finding out more about its history, sharing their NHS memories and stories, getting involved in local events and tea parties, or being inspired to keep themselves well and use health services wisely."
Nominees put forward by MPs across England will initially be judged by senior local and regional NHS experts to find regional champions in each category, which will be announced on May 21st.
These regional champions will then be judged by a high-level panel, with the overall winners announced at a special awards ceremony in Parliament on Wednesday, July 4th – the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.
The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards is part of a range of activities being organised nationally and locally to mark the achievements of the NHS and those who work for and with it.
These range from ceremonies for NHS staff in Westminster Abbey and York Minster, the special 10p NHS coin released recently by The Royal Mint and new resources for schools to engage children and young people to think about a career in the NHS, to local open days, exhibitions and other events being staged by hospitals and other health organisations.
Local people are also encouraged to take part in the The Big 7Tea, with tea parties happening across the country to mark the birthday, sharing their NHS stories and raising money for one of over 250 dedicated NHS charities.
People can find out more and how to get involved at www.nhs70.nhs.uk.