Health secretary honours London’s NHS staff in prestigious Parliamentary Awards

The NHS and MPs have joined forces to celebrate some of the biggest achievements in health and social care from across the country, honouring individuals and teams in the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards supported by FUJIFILM.

We are proud to have two London based projects scooping awards at the ceremony which took place at the Houses Of Parliament yesterday, July 10 2019. The ceremony was hosted by our chief executive, Simon Stevens, and the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock.

First to win an award was London GP, Dr Peter Buchman, who has worked tirelessly to encourage rough sleepers and people in temporary housing to register with a doctor. His team at the Royal London Hospital, which is employed by the East London NHS Foundation Trust, has worked to ensure homeless people, who typically have complex health needs, have a good experience of healthcare services. He helps prevent discharge back onto the street when they have been admitted to hospital.

London midwife Chantal Palmer won the health equalities award. Chantal has worked to ensure vulnerable mothers get the care and support they need in pregnancy and during birth so that their babies get the very best start in life. As a result of her work at North Middlesex hospital, more women are being seen earlier on in their pregnancy at 11 weeks compared to accessing services in the final stages of their pregnancy. This means they get access to support to quit substance abuse much sooner.

Sir David Sloman, NHS London’s Regional Director, said:

“Yesterday, we celebrated the very best of the NHS in London. The nominees and winners of this year’s Parliamentary Awards should be proud of the tremendous impact they have on patients, and the contribution they make to our society as whole. Their dedication to caring for people when they need it most is second to none.

“On behalf of Londoners, thank you for all you do.”

Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP and Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, said:

“The success of the National Health Service is built on its wonderful staff, so it is right that MPs champion the outstanding work happening in their local area. I have been blown away by the all the winners including NHS staff, carers and volunteers and their drive to deliver brilliant care to their patients, day in day out, morning and night, throughout the year.”

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