About the NHS Parliamentary Awards

The NHS is one of our nation’s proudest achievements and for over 70 years dedicated NHS staff have been there for us all. Whether they are doctors, pharmacists and nurses on the frontline, world leading scientists, hard-working cleaners, much needed clerical staff, caring porters, or our amazing volunteers, without the NHS staff there wouldn’t be an NHS.

Coronavirus has been a global health emergency on a scale not seen for a century. The NHS, which first opened its doors at Trafford Park Hospital on 5 July 1948, responded swiftly and flexibly to deal with the pandemic, with staff – present, past, and future – having had to come together as never before, supported by volunteers and the public.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards were launched in 2018 to celebrate the NHS’s 70 birthday and recognise the outstanding contribution of staff, volunteers and others working in the health and care sector. Now in its fifth year, the awards have been an overwhelming success with over 450 Members of Parliament representing constituencies in England nominating an individual or organisation for an award.

These awards also provide an excellent opportunity for health and care organisations to engage with their local MPs, tell them about the work they do, and strengthen ongoing relationships.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards represent a chance for MPs to say thank you once again for all the work done to support the NHS in your constituency. So, we would encourage all MPs representing constituencies in England to get involved and show their local NHS staff, volunteers and carers what the health service means to them and the communities they serve each day.

The winners will be presented with their awards at One Great George Street, London, on 6 July 2022.

MPs can nominate an individual or organisation for an award in one of the following categories:

Read more about the categories and criteria.