MP's delight as local health and care heroes chosen to represent North East Hertfordshire in NHS Birthday Awards

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald has expressed his delight that local teams have been named regional champions in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

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 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 Butterfly Volunteers, nominated for The Care and Compassion Award, provide end of life patients with the comfort of someone to talk to and be with, which I consider to be compassionate support of the highest order.  The Renal Telemedicine Team, nominated for The Future NHS Award, enables dialysis and post-transplant kidney patients to be monitored at home through video consultations, which greatly impressed me by its caring nature and future potential for NHS care.

Having been named champions by senior regional NHS experts, they will now vie with other regional winners from across England for the national award, to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

Commenting, Sir Oliver said “I know that everyone in North East Hertfordshire will share my delight and pride that The Butterfly Volunteers and The Rental Telemedicine Team have been named regional champions.

“They are representing the thousands of staff and volunteers who work day in, day out across our area to shape, deliver and support health and care services, and we’ll all be backing them to win the national award in July.”

From more than 750 entries, senior experts in each region have chosen ten outstanding nominations, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

All of the champions will 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 round 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.