Health and care heroes to represent Midland and East of England in NHS 70 Birthday Awards
The NHS in west Suffolk has today (Friday 18 May) revealed that the My WiSH Charity from West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is one of 10 it has chosen as regional champions in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.
My WiSH Charity has been chosen as the regional winner in The Patient and Public Involvement Award category of the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, and is therefore part of the shortlist for the national awards to follow.
The West Suffolk Hospital charity was founded in 1995, but in 2016 was rebranded and relaunched with the name My WiSH Charity. The team has gone from strength-to-strength, raising an incredible £1,249,411 in the 2015/16 financial year, mobilising staff, local businesses and members of the community to support and enhance the quality care offered at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
The team’s work contributes to reducing surgical procedure times, waiting times, patient recovery time, and providing sensitive support for patients and their families.
More recently they have launched their biggest appeal yet - Every Heart Matters – to raise £500,000 to support the build of a new cardiac diagnostic unit to sit alongside a new cardiac suite the Trust is investing in. The development of a fully integrated cardiac centre will enhance the treatment of all the Trust’s cardiac patients.
The charity also supports health and wellbeing initiatives for staff. This includes psychological support and additional training to enable them to go above and beyond their normal duties, to ensure the Trust can offer enhanced care that makes a real difference at difficult times. A more recent initiative is the roll out of staff water bottles to acute and community staff to ensure they stay hydrated throughout their working day.
Sue Smith, fundraising manager for My WiSH Charity, said: “Although we are a small team, we are proud to be achieving some great things for our community. Our team would like to thank our incredible local community, staff, and local businesses who have joined with us to fundraise for various campaigns that support our dementia patients, breast cancer patients and bereaved families after the loss of a loved one, to name a few.
“Many of the donations and legacies that we receive are as a direct result of a personal experience someone has had at our hospital or in the community, and they want to give back as a show of appreciation for the care they have received.”
My WiSH Charity is representing the Midlands and East of England as they 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.
From almost 160 entries, senior experts have chosen 10 outstanding nominations, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.
The champions are:
- The Excellence in Cancer Care Award: Inspire Health Team - Sarah Minns & Jyoti Shah
- The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award, sponsored by Wesleyan: Diabetes and Mental Health Team
- The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award: Heartlands Elderly Care, Trauma and Ongoing Recovery project (HECTOR)
- The Care and Compassion Award: Butterfly volunteers
- The Excellence in Primary Care Award: Medical School, University of Nottingham
- The Person-Centred Care Champion Award: Norfolk Just One Number initiative
- The Future NHS Award, sponsored by Health HR UK: Renal telemedicine team
- The Healthier Communities Award: Alex Cotton and the 'It Takes Balls to Talk' Team
- The Patient and Public Involvement Award: My WiSH Charity
- The Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Barbara Wilson
All of the champions will now be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on 4 July 2018, 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.
NHS England Midlands and East (East) Director of Nursing, Vivienne Stimpson said: “Picking champions from the dozens of high quality nominations we received from local MPs was incredibly difficult, so all of those going forward to the national ceremony should be extremely proud of their achievement.”
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.
Vivienne added: “I’m sure everyone will be rooting for our regional champions when the national winners are decided, and I’m confident that as a team they’ll be bringing a number of awards back with them from Westminster in July.”
**UPDATE** Sadly we didn't the national award but were thrilled to have won the regional award and to have been invited to the House of Commons to be part of this special day.
The Excellence in Cancer Care Award
Regional champion: Inspire Health Team - Sarah Minns & Jyoti Shah
Nominated by: Mr Andrew Griffiths MP
Reason for nomination: launching the ‘Inspire Health: Fighting Prostate Cancer’ campaign. Since its launch in 2016, the campaign has screened more than 740 men at community venues including Burton Albion Football Club, an African-Caribbean community centre and a Freemasons’ Lodge.
The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award, sponsored by Wesleyan:
Regional champion: Diabetes and Mental Health Team
Nominated by: Mr Richard Harrington MP
Reason for nomination: Innovative collaboration helping people with diabetes and the associated mental health problems of coping with a long-term health condition which has seen nearly 200 mental health workers trained in diabetes care and management in 18 months. The team also helps people with mental health conditions who have diabetes.
The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award:
Regional champion: Heartlands Elderly Care, Trauma and Ongoing Recovery project (HECTOR)
Nominated by: Ms Jess Phillips MP
Reason for nomination: The HECTOR (Heartlands Elderly Care, Trauma and Ongoing Recovery) Project was created to improve outcomes for older patients who sustain traumatic injuries. It has changed the way emergency department staff are trained, and shown that the care delivered on wards has a positive impact on individual patient outcomes, aiming to get people back to their own homes safely.
The Excellence in Primary Care Award:
Regional champion: Medical School, University of Nottingham
Nominated by: Ms Lilian Greenwood MP
Reason for nomination: The Primary Care team at the University of Nottingham’s Medical School have been nominated for making safety improvements to the way medicines have been prescribed by GPs over the past 20 years. Their achievements include PINCER – an IT-based improvement tool that is helping more than 500 surgeries across the East Midlands to prescribe medicines safely and a patient safety toolkit that’s hosted on the website of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and has been accessed more than 10,000 times since 2015
The Person-Centred Care Champion Award:
Regional champion: Norfolk Just One Number initiative
Nominated by: Ms Chloe Smith MP and Sir Henry Bellingham MP
Reason for nomination: bringing together a number of services for children and young people allowing them to be streamlined, integrated and easy for patients to access so they are offered "the right care at the right time by the right person."
The Future NHS Award, sponsored by Health HR UK:
Regional champion: Renal telemedicine team
Nominated by: Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald QC MP
Reason for nomination: Innovative work using technology to help kidney patients manage their condition more effectively and save them having to travel so often to hospital for treatment.
The Healthier Communities Award:
Regional champion: Alex Cotton and the 'It Takes Balls to Talk' Team
Nominated by: Ms Colleen Fletcher MP
Reason for nomination: It Takes Balls to Talk’ is a campaign which uses sporting themes to encourage people, particularly men, to talk about how they feel. The aim of the campaign is to build compassionate communities in Coventry and Warwickshire, that work together to stamp out the stigma that can attach to mental health conditions.
The Care and Compassion Award:
Regional champion: Butterfly volunteers
Nominated by: Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald QC MP
Reason for nomination: Outstanding work in giving emotional support to dying patients who have no visitors or who would otherwise be alone. The volunteers also work with hospital staff to help make sure the patients get the right care at the end of their lives.
The Patient and Public Involvement Award:
Regional champion: My WiSH Charity
Nominated by: Ms Jo Churchill MP
Reason for nomination: the team’s persistent hard work and campaigns which are an example to other NHS charitable organisations that it is possible for small teams to achieve great results and its ability to focus on building relationships with the local community and businesses.
The Lifetime Achievement Award:
Regional champion: Professor Barbara Wilson
Nominated by: Ms Jo Churchill MP
Reason for nomination: dedicated work in rehabilitation of brain injury patients.
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.
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.
Find out more about NHS70 celebrations and how to get involved at www.nhs70.nhs.uk.
Further information on the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards is available at www.nhs70awards.co.uk.