Havant MP Alan Mak calls for nominations for NHS Awards

Havant MP Alan Mak is calling for nominees to enter official NHS awards in recognition of staff who go above and beyond the call of duty.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards were created to celebrate NHS staff, carers and volunteers - and their hard work, innovative ideas and unwavering efforts to put patients first.

Alan is now searching for outstanding nominees for 2019 who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the health and care system provides care for patients.

It follows a year of NHS campaigning from Alan who successfully helped secured £60million for a new A&E department at QA Hospital and nationally has been calling for a paperless, digital NHS.

Asking for members of the public to send nominations, Alan said that he particularly hoped to hear about doctors and nurses using innovative solutions to improve care.

Alan said: “The NHS is rightly the nation’s most loved institution and there’s no doubt its staff make it what it is today, which is why we must thank the extraordinary health and care heroes who are there to guide, support and care for us" 

“I regularly see examples of fantastic care that make a genuine difference and touch the lives of local people in the Havant constituency, I want to hear from you again and I would urge all those who have seen or received outstanding care first hand to send me examples they think deserve national recognition.”

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said: “This year the NHS set out a Long Term Plan for how the health service will expand and improve care for patients and their families at every stage of life, supporting them to start well, live well and age well.

“The NHS is taking action on big killers like stroke, heart attacks and cancer, as well as stepping up care for mental ill health. This progress will be possible only with the skill and dedication of the 1.3 million staff who work for the NHS, which is why we want to hear about the outstanding staff, volunteers and carers in your area and celebrate with them as part of the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2019.”

There are ten categories, including a Lifetime Achievement award to honour those who have devoted their life or career to making the NHS better, both for patients and those who work within it.

Nominations should be emailed to Alan.Mak.MP@Parliament.uk with a short explanation no more than 300 words in length.

For more information on the awards and for a full list of categories visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs-parliamentary-awards/