New awards to celebrate 70 years of the NHS

By Julie Griffiths on 07 February 2018 NHS Awards

A competition to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday will be launched in Westminster today (7 February).

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards will see English MPs put forward individuals and teams serving their constituencies for national recognition.

The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on the House of Commons terrace the day before the NHS’s official anniversary.

It is part of a range of activities being organised by NHS England and NHS Improvement, to celebrate the achievements of the NHS and those who work for and with it.

MPs attending today’s launch will be encouraged to search for outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the health and care system provides care for their constituents.

There are 10 categories, including a lifetime achievement award to honour those who have devoted their lives or careers to making the NHS better, both for patients and those who work within it.

NHS Improvement chief executive Ian Dalton, said: ‘NHS staff across the country work hard day in, day out to take care of us during our time of need. These awards will celebrate, highlight and reward the hard work of NHS staff as we mark 70 years of the NHS.’

NHS England and NHS Improvement have put together a guide to support any individual, team or organisation who wishes to submit a nomination for the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

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