Domestic and estates staff are among the regional champions in the NHS Parliamentary Awards


NHS Chief Executive, Amanda Pritchard, has praised the hundreds of NHS staff and volunteers who have been nominated by their MP as part of the NHS Parliamentary Awards for providing outstanding care to their patients. 

The hard work of NHS staff throughout the pandemic has been reflected in the 700+ nominations submitted this year, which is more than in last year’s awards. Amanda Pritchard says: “I want to congratulate every one of those people receiving recognition for service to their communities and making a real and lasting difference for patients.” 

Regional champions have been selected by panels of senior regional NHS representatives for their dedication to the health service and to people they care for in their communities.

Regional winners include: the Care Coordination Centre team and their new bed management system at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (Future NHS Award: South East); The Bristol Eye Hospital Diagnostic Assessment Hub Project Team (Future NHS Award: South West); Barnsley Facilities Management Hospital Estates Team (COVID Response Award: North East & Yorkshire); and Margaret Harris, Domestic Services Manager at Royal Free London NHS Trust (COVID Response Award: London).

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement gong include Jackie Thompson, Hotel Services Manager at Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, whose team was the first in the UK to manage housekeeping for COVID patients at a time when infection prevention and control was key, and Celia Kendrick, Head of Resilience & Emergency Preparedness at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, who provided “inspirational” pandemic leadership by ensuring staff and patients were kept as safe as possible.

All regional winners will be invited to the national awards ceremony, to be held on July 6 in Westminster, one day after the 74th birthday of the NHS.

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