MP backs local health and care heroes for NHS birthday awards

Bury North MP James Frith has announced the local health and care workers he has nominated for national awards to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards was set up to recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

MPs in England were called on to put forward outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how local health and care services provide care for patients.

As chosen by the MP, the following are now the official nominees representing Bury North constituency in the national competition:

  • The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award: Urgent Care Team, Fairfield General Hospital
  • The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award: Health & Wellbeing College, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Excellence in Primary Care Award: Mental Health Commissioning Team, NHS Bury CCG
  • The Person-Centred Care Champion Award: The Handy Men, Bury Council
  • The Care and Compassion Award: Bury’s residential and nursing homes, Bury Council and NHS Bury CCG

James Frith MP said: “Everyone in Bury is rightly proud of our local NHS and care services, and 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.”

Steve Taylor, Managing Director and Chief Officer for Bury & Rochdale at Pennine Acute NHS Trust, said:

“The urgent care team at Fairfield General Hospital have worked tirelessly over the last year to transform the way in which the hospital cares for patients attending A&E. Working closely with partners in the local authority, community and primary care, there have been many changes put in place to ensure patients receive the highest quality of urgent care at the right time. The four-hour urgent care standard is a measure of the system working efficiently in support of good patient care and so the clinical and managerial teams are proud to be leading the way in Greater Manchester with outstanding performance.”

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 21st 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.

Local people are also encouraged to take part in the The Big 7Tea, with tea parties happening across the country to mark the birthday, sharing their NHS stories and raising money for one of over 250 dedicated NHS charities.

People can find out more and how to get involved at www.nhs70.nhs.uk.

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