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Local healthcare heroes chosen to represent region in NHS 70 birthday parliamentary awards

Posted: 18 May2018,
Susan McDonald, Communications manager

Picture of staff standing outside the Michael Clements Diabetes Centre

A local diabetes and mental health team has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent the central midlands region in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS's 70th birthday.

As regional champion in the ‘Excellence in Mental Health Care’ award category, they will now vie with other regional winners from across England for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by IBM and Teva, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in February, it asked the region’s MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across ten categories. The diabetes and mental health team was nominated by Richard Harrington (MP).

From over 750 entries, senior experts have chosen four outstanding nominations in each category, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

The diabetes team from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) and the mental health team from Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) have been nominated for their outstanding work in improving care for people with diabetes who are also coping with mental health conditions.

By working closely together, the teams have delivered an extensive training programme for staff, updated clinical guidelines, combined community outreach services and brought together healthcare workers looking after high risk groups. This means that patients are able to access care more easily and therefore manage their diabetes and mental health conditions more effectively.

Richard Harrington, MP for Watford, who nominated the teams for the award said: "I am delighted that these teams have been chosen to represent the region for this prestigious award to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS. By working closely together, they have made some real improvements to services locally. These will ultimately lead to improved access to care and a better quality of life for people coping with both diabetes and mental health conditions."

All of the champions will now be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on July 4th, the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.

The ceremony will be hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors.

The regional champions will now go forward to a final stage of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, the Unison trade union, and the Patients' Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.


Notes to editors

  1.  For more information please contact Susan McDonald, Communications Manager at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust on 01923 436281 or Out of hours, please call 07900 228031.
  2.  The NHS marks its 70th birthday on July 5th 2018, and the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards is part of a range of activities being organised by NHS England and NHS Improvement to mark this milestone, and 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 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.
  3. People and organisations are also encouraged to take part in the NHS 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.
  4. Find out more about NHS70 celebrations and how to get involved at
  5. Further information on the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards is available at
  6. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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