Local health and care heroes chosen to represent Tunbridge Wells in NHS Parliamentary Awards

Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark has expressed his delight that a local team has been named regional champions in a prestigious competition to celebrate excellence in health and care in England.

The Frequent Service User Manager service at Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, was nominated for the Excellence in Urgent Care Award by Greg Clark MP, and has been named South East regional champion by senior regional NHS experts. The team will now vie with other regional winners from across England for the national award, to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

MP Greg Clark said: “I know that everyone in Tunbridge Wells will share my delight and pride that Jill has been named regional champion.”

“She is representing the thousands of staff and volunteers who work day in, day out across our area to shape, deliver and support health and care services, and we’ll all be backing them to win the national award in July.”

Jill Whibley who leads the team was delighted to have been nominated and added: “I am very proud of being shortlisted for this award, the Frequent Service User team work with highly complex individuals in a holistic person-centred way.

“It is wonderful to have this recognition.”

The NHS Parliamentary Awards, supported by Fuji Film, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in March, it asked 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 more than 600 entries, senior experts in each region have chosen ten outstanding nominations, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

All the champions will be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on 10 July.

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. A special performance from the NHS Choir

The regional champions will now go forward to a final round of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, Carers UK, AGE UK, a member of the NHS Youth Forum and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.

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