NHS Heroes Launches On NHS Birthday
The Health Secretary is today calling on everyone in England to
name their NHS Heroes.
As he marks the 64th anniversary of the NHS,
Andrew Lansley will launch NHS Heroes, a brand new recognition
scheme open to all staff working in the NHS.
From now until mid-September, anyone working for the NHS
who is nominated by members of the public, patients or colleagues
as going the extra mile in their work will receive a recognition
Senior NHS figures are expecting countless staff members
across England to be honoured in celebration events all over the
country. The Secretary of State said he hoped patients and their
families would take full advantage of the chance to thank all those
who make the NHS great.
Mr Lansley said: "Staff across the NHS in England carry
out fantastic work every day - going the extra mile to make a real
difference to people's lives. The NHS Heroes scheme is a chance for
everyone to formally recognise these staff and thank them for their
hard work, passion and dedication.
"As the NHS marks its 64th birthday today, I urge everyone to
celebrate your NHS Heroes by nominating staff from your local
hospital, surgery and community."
Health ministers will today visit NHS facilities across
England to celebrate the health service's anniversary, where they
too will back NHS Heroes, calling on patients, staff and the public
to nominate those whose commitment and dedication makes a
difference to patients.
NHS Heroes is also backed by NHS Chief Executive Sir David
Nicholson. He said: "NHS Heroes is a celebration of the very best
in the NHS. Whether they are working behind the scenes or on the
front line, it is the job of every NHS staff member to save lives
and care for people through their most difficult times.
"We know that NHS patients and their families remember,
often for the rest of their lives, the little kindnesses and extra
effort of the people who cared for them when they were
"In turn, those people delivering front-line care are
supported by an army of behind-the-scenes workers whose own
dedication and commitment keeps the NHS running smoothly. So I hope
that NHS staff also get involved, and nominate those people who
support them at work to give world-class NHS care."
Coronation Street's Debbie Rush, who plays Anna Windass,
stars in a video launching NHS Heroes, alongside NHS staff and
patients. She said: "I'm nominating my NHS Hero to recognise the
fact that they always go that extra mile in everything that they
do. It's a great way to say thank you."
To nominate your NHS Hero, all you have to do is fill in
an online form at www.nhsheroes.com
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