Kate has announced the local health and care workers she has nominated for national awards to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.
The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by IBM, were set up to recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.
MPs in England were invited to propose outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how local health and care services provide care for patients.
Nominations closed on 23 March, and Kate has made five excellent local nominations.
Kate’s official nominees, who will represent Stretford and Urmston in the national competition are:
- Seed Studios, Old Trafford, for The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award. Seed studios use music as a tool to help in improving wellbeing, confidence and social capital, enabling local people gain a better chance in life.
- Revive Dental Care in Davyhulme, for The Excellence in Primary Care Award for their work improving access to dental care and raising standards of oral health locally.
- Voice of BME Trafford, Saving Lives Project, for The Healthier Communities Award. The Saving Lives Project worked to increase uptake of screening and health checks among BME communities in north Trafford.
- Trafford Gynaecology/colposcopy team, for The Care and Compassion Award – this team are a lifeline to women undergoing incredibly stressful times when they receive abnormal cervical smear results.
- Sylvia Burgess, Receptionist at Revive Dental Care, for The Lifetime Achievement Award, for her 43 years’ service to Revive.
Kate said: “Everyone in Trafford is proud of our local NHS and care services, and especially so because we’re home to Trafford General, the birthplace of the NHS. That’s why I’m delighted to be taking part in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards as a way of thanking and recognising the people who work in or support those services.
“As well as getting behind our nominees for these awards, I hope local people will take the opportunity to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday in other ways, whether it’s by finding out more about its history, sharing their NHS memories and stories, getting involved in local events and tea parties, or being inspired to keep themselves well and use health services wisely.”
Nominees put forward by MPs across England will initially be judged by senior local and regional NHS experts to find regional champions in each category, which will be announced on 21 May.
These regional champions will then be judged by a high-level panel, with the overall winners announced at a special awards ceremony in Parliament on Wednesday 4 July – the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.
The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards is part of a range of activities being organised nationally and locally to mark the achievements of the NHS and those who work for and with it.
These range from ceremonies for NHS staff in Westminster Abbey and York Minster, the special 10p NHS coin released recently by The Royal Mint and new resources for schools to engage children and young people to think about a career in the NHS, to local open days, exhibitions and other events being staged by hospitals and other health organisations.
In Trafford, local people are warmly invited to attend Golden Hill Park on Saturday 7th July from 2pm to 6pm. We will be celebrating the NHS through the years.
The theme for the celebration of the NHS this year is Loneliness and Social Isolation, how communities and the NHS can work together to improve health. There will be local live bands, activities for all the family and food and drink. Please come and celebrate our NHS where it all began in Trafford.