Hertfordshire health and care heroes to represent Midlands and East region in NHS70 birthday parliamentary awards

Three projects in Hertfordshire nominated by local MPs have been chosen as regional champions in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

The Midlands and East champions of their respective awards are:

The Future NHS Award

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Regional champion: Renal Telemedicine Team at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Nominated by: Sir Oliver Heald QC, MP for North East Hertfordshire

The team won for its innovative work using technology to help kidney patients manage their condition more effectively and save them having to travel so often to hospital for treatment.

The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award

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Regional champion: Diabetes and Mental Health Team at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Nominated by: Richard Harrington, MP for Watford

This innovative collaboration helps people with diabetes who also have mental health problems to cope with this long-term health condition. Nearly 200 mental health workers have been trained in diabetes care and management since the teams started working together 18 months ago. They also help people with mental health conditions who have diabetes.

The Care and Compassion Award

Regional champion: Butterfly Volunteers, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Nominated by: Sir Oliver Heald QC, MP for North East Hertfordshire

For their outstanding work in giving emotional support to dying patients who have no visitors or who would otherwise be alone. The volunteers also work with hospital staff to help make sure the patients get the right care at the end of their lives.

The three champions will represent the Midlands and East to vie with other regional winners from across the country for national awards to be presented at a special ceremony at the Palace of Westminster on 4 July 2018, the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.

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

Senior experts chose 10 outstanding nominations from almost 160 entries, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

Manjit Darby, Director of Nursing and Quality for NHS England (Central Midlands), 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.”

She added: “I’m sure everyone will be rooting for our regional champions when the national winners are decided, and I would like to wish them the best of luck as they deserve recognition for their great work.”

All the regional champions 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. The national awards 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.