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Health and care heroes to represent West Midlands in the NHS 70 birthday awards

The NHS in the West Midlands has today (Friday 18 May) revealed that two of its NHS organisations have been chosen as regional champions in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

Heartlands Elderly Care, Trauma and Ongoing Recovery project (HECTOR) at Heartlands Hospital have been shortlisted in the Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award while Alex Cotton and the ‘It Takes Balls to Talk’ Team at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust have been named as a finalist in The Healthier Communities Award category.

They are representing the Midlands and East of England as they vie with other regional winners from across England for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by IBM and Teva, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in February, it asked the region’s MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across ten categories.

From almost 160 entries, senior experts have chosen 10 outstanding nominations, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

The champions are:

  • The Excellence in Cancer Care Award: Inspire Health Team – Sarah Minns and Jyoti Shah
  • The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award, sponsored by Wesleyan: Diabetes and Mental Health Team
  • The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award: Heartlands Elderly Care, Trauma and Ongoing Recovery project (HECTOR)
  • The Care and Compassion Award: Butterfly volunteers
  • The Excellence in Primary Care Award: Medical School, University of Nottingham
  • The Person-Centred Care Champion Award: Norfolk Just One Number initiative
  • The Future NHS Award, sponsored by Health HR UK: Renal telemedicine team
  • The Healthier Communities Award: Alex Cotton and the ‘It Takes Balls to Talk’ Team
  • The Patient and Public Involvement Award: My WiSH Charity
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Barbara Wilson

All of the champions will now be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on 4 July 2018, the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.  The ceremony will be hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors.

NHS England West Midlands locality director Jo-anne Alner said: “Picking champions from the dozens of high quality nominations we received from local MPs was incredibly difficult, so all of those going forward to the national ceremony should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

The regional champions will now go forward to a final stage of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, the Unison trade union, and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.

Dr Kiran Patel, Medical Director for NHS England West Midlands, said: “The Parliamentary Awards have given the NHS a fantastic opportunity to recognise those who provide the very best healthcare to people as part of the NHS’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Our NHS staff work hard to ensure that local services are delivered to the highest standards and I am delighted that two West Midlands organisations have been recognised and wish them luck in the final.”