MPs ask you about NHS

It seems a bit counter intuitive. MPs are the ones responsible for deciding on the funding of the NHS. They are responsible for the struggling service, the queues, the lack of staffing, the failure to anticipate the need to train more doctors. The fact that for many NHS workers this now means long hours, mountains of admin and working within a highly fragmented service might be considered an issue too.

We are told that MPs are searching for and want to hear from outstanding individuals in their local area for 2019 who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the health service provides care for patients. Oddly the press release came from the NHS and we have had not a word from the 5 MPs in Somerset who are apparently doing the “calling”.

It would be churlish not to recognise the fine work done by individuals within the NHS. However it is worth noting that last year of 650 MPs only 250 bothered to nominate an NHS staff member. In total there were just 750 nominations.

Nevertheless we are told that MPs will be calling for potential nominations in the following categories:

  • The Excellence in Healthcare Award: an individual or team which is going above and beyond to improve outcomes and experience for patients living with and beyond cancer.
  • The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award: an individual or team which has developed new and effective services to help people living with mental health problems in the community.
  • The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award: an individual or team which has made improvements to how the NHS treats people in life or death situations.
  • The Excellence in Primary Care Award: a primary care practitioner e.g doctors, dentists and pharmacists or a team which is working with patients to help them stay healthy in their own homes.
  • The Future NHS Award: an individual or team that has successfully trialled and embedded innovative change(s) to empower and improve care for patients.
  • The Health Equalities Award: an individual or organisation that helps the NHS to do its bit by bringing together different groups and organisations to reduce health inequalities and prevent ill health in their community.
  • The Care and Compassion Award: any nurse, midwife or care staff member of any discipline and in any setting who has used their skills to ensure that patients experience care and compassion.
  • The Volunteer of the Year: to celebrate volunteers who help shape and deliver better services in their area.
  • The Wellbeing at Work Award: to the person or team that has successfully trialled and embedded change(s) that have made the NHS a better place to work.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award: for an individual who has worked within a health or care setting for 40 years or more who has left a lasting legacy.

If you would like to goad your MP into recognising an NHS worker you can find more information on how to nominate and the criteria for each category at

MPs have until 26 April 2019 to submit their nominations

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