University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is calling on local MPs within the Trust’s constituencies to show their support for the hardworking staff of the NHS, by nominating individuals for a prestigious national award.
In July 2018, the NHS will celebrate its 70th birthday, and as a key part of the celebrations to mark this milestone, NHS England and NHS Improvement have established the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.
The purpose of the awards is to engage MPs in celebrating 70 years of the NHS, identifying and highlighting innovative and high-quality care across every constituency in England, and thanking staff for their dedication, hard work and commitment by recognising and honouring their achievements.
UHMBT’s Chief Executive, Dame Jackie Daniel, has written to each of the five MPs across the region, with the aim of getting support for nominations in these Parliamentary Awards.
John Woodcock MP for Barrow and Furness, Tim Farron MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Cat Smith MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, David Morris MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale and Ben Wallace MP for Wyre and Preston North have all been huge supporters of the Trust’s work in recent years, and are being encouraged to recognise the achievements of the teams across Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital and Furness General Hospital.
Speaking about the awards, Chief Executive, Dame Jackie Daniel, said: “The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards are a fantastic opportunity for the Trust to celebrate the hard work of all the teams at UHMBT.
“Our local representatives at Parliament are all advocates of a better NHS, and what better way to reflect that than by recognising the hard work of local healthcare staff.”
The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards were launched by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee, in Parliament on 7 February 2018.
Shortlisted nominees for the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards will be invited to an awards ceremony at Parliament on 4 July 2018, where the winners will be announced.
Jackie concluded: “As a Trust, we will also be celebrating NHS70 in lots of different ways in the run up to the actual birthday on 5 July and beyond. We’re currently talking to our staff about how they want to mark the special occasion and will release more details on how staff, patients and the public can get involved very soon.”