Health and care staff who have gone over and above the call of duty are in line for UK-wide recognition as part of the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations.
Patients, staff and the public are being invited to nominate employees that have made an exceptional contribution to patient care, health and care services and local communities over the last 70 years. Nominations will be put to a public vote in May, culminating in a shortlist of Health and Care’s Top 70 Stars.
Anyone who has worked for the NHS and wider health and care sector over the past 70 years in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland can be nominated, whether still living or since passed.
Launched on 2 May by the NHS Confederation, in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, the list of the UK’s ‘top 70’ standout staff will be revealed at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference on 13 and 14 June, just three weeks before the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary on 5 July.
Danny Mortimer, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Since the first NHS hospital was opened in 1948, heroic staff have toiled around the clock to provide the best possible care to the population of Britain.
“Whether living or passed on, their tireless efforts to provide the best possible treatment and care to every single patient should not be forgotten.
“By recognising members of our NHS workforce through the decades, we wish to both celebrate the past and shape the future of our health and care system.”
Professor Steve Powis, medical director at NHS England said: “The NHS employs staff from over 350 different professions, from doctors, nurses and paramedics to electricians, scientists and cleaners.
"These awards are a great way to acknowledge and thank the people who stand out today, as well as those who have made their mark over the last seven decades.”
And Dr Kathy McLean, executive medical director at NHS Improvement, said: “NHS staff, past and present, have dedicated their lives to providing innovative care and treatment for patients across Britain over the last 70 years.
"These awards give us a chance to recognise their enormous contribution and to thank them for going above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.”
Nominations are open until 17 May and voting until 29 May.
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