MPs from all over the country have nominated health and care organisations into the ten awards categories, which are designed to celebrate the work of all NHS staff and those who work alongside them to improve and join up care in their communities. The judges were looking for outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the health and care system provides care for patients.
As a headline sponsor of these awards (along with IBM), Teva has enjoyed an active role in the judging of the shortlist entries, and been inspired by the breadth and depth of the MPs’ nominations.
What we particularly liked was that the entries were open to all parts of the community; they don’t have to be working within the NHS directly. These awards are for anyone working for or with the NHS towards the shared goal of delivering health and high quality care, now and for future generations.
Neither do they have to be in frontline or clinical roles – around 60% of the NHS workforce perform vital but often-unseen roles ensuring that the NHS is there to meet the needs of patients, and many more people support patients in other ways, such as via their local Healthwatch, social enterprises or charities.
Kate Smith, Director of NHS Strategy and member of the judging panel, explains why Teva’s involvement in these awards is so important:
“The NHS has such a presence in our country and has probably touched every single one of us at some point in our lives, that’s why we’re delighted to be giving our support to the NHS 70 Parliamentary Awards and showcasing the incredible work it does, day in and day out. We believe it’s important to recognise individuals and small teams who are really making a difference to the provision of healthcare in their local area, be it through how they provide out-of-hours services in rural Cumbria, via a mobile chemotherapy unit in Yorkshire, or a training programme in North West London to enable staff to better interact with individuals with autism and learning disabilities.”
The winners were announced at the Houses of Parliament at a ceremony on Thursday 4th July.
Date of preparation: July 2018