Jo Churchill MP commends “everyday local heroes” in NHS70 Parliamentary Award winners

Four local NHS services, put forward by Jo Churchill MP, have been recognised in NHS70 Parliamentary Awards with two of the nominees shortlisted for the national awards ceremony to be held next month.

The nominees include West Suffolk Hospital Dementia Team for the Care and Compassion category; West Suffolk Hospital Support to Go Home Team for the Person-Centred Care Champion category.

Regional winners and shortlisted nominees for the national awards include Professor Barbara Wilson of Cambridge Community Services for the Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to the study of neurological disorders and brain injury survivors; and West Suffolk Hospital’s My WiSH Charity for the Patient and Public Involvement Award.

This week, the nominees of the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards met with Jo Churchill MP to receive their certificates and celebrate their nomination.

Presenting the awards, Jo Churchill MP said: “To be able to recognise the amazing day to day work that goes on in our NHS, especially in our local West Suffolk Hospital, is a real honour. In my eyes, for the work they do, they are everyday local heroes.

I am especially delighted My WiSH Charity, a beacon of patient and public involvement, has been shortlisted. I don’t think there is a person in West Suffolk who hasn’t heard of My WiSH or wouldn’t be familiar with the work they do to support our hospital.

Although Professor Barbara Wilson couldn’t be there, Jo Churchill MP said: “Professor Wilson has changed the lives of thousands of people who have survived brain injuries.

Her outstanding contribution to medicine and lifelong dedication to patient care is rightly being recognised.

All our nominees are amongst the finest NHS services in the region although there are so many more names I could have put forward were it possible.”

The national awards ceremony is due to take place in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 4th July, with awards to be presented by Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England.