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NHS Heroes Launches On NHS Birthday

NHS Heroes

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 certificate.

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 ill.

"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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