Outstanding nurses and midwives could be in the running for new awards launched today to mark 70 years of the NHS.
The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards will see English MPs nominate “health and care heroes” from their constituencies, who they believe warrant national recognition for their exemplary work.
The 10 award categories include the Care and Compassion Award for any nurse, midwife or support worker who has used their skills and experience to ensure patients experience the very best care.
The Person-Centred Care Champion Award is for an individual or team that has strived to bring services together and ensure patients with long-term and multiple conditions get the right care in the right place for them.
There is also a Lifetime Achievement Award to honour those who have worked in a health or care setting for 40 years or more.
Other awards celebrate the work of individuals or teams who have delivered excellence in cancer care, mental health, urgent and emergency care, public health and voluntary work.
The final nominees will be chosen by MPs, nurses, nursing teams and others are being encouraged to put themselves forward or flag up the excellent work of colleagues by filling in a nomination form.
The awards, sponsored by IBM, form 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 have until March 23 to submit their nominations. They will choose one nomination per category and these will then be judged by senior local and regional NHS