• Posted on Tue 10th July 2018

CHoC has been honoured in parliament as a part of a special, one-off competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.  CHoC was the national winner of the ‘Excellence in Primary Care’ category at the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

This award is an amazing achievement which recognises the hard work and dedication of the whole CHoC team in providing outstanding and responsive care to the population of Cumbria. This is a fantastic accolade to the NHS here in Cumbria, both within CHoC and all of our partner organisations. CHoC recognise that everyone matters, both those who use our services and those who are part of delivering them.  We would like to thank every member of the CHoC team for making CHoC the ‘outstanding’ service that it is, this award is a testament to our whole team.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards were launched in February to recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.  MPs in England were asked to nominate individuals and teams serving their constituents across ten categories. Regional champions were selected in May, with the national winners chosen by a panel of senior leaders representing staff and patients.  There were four regions and one champion selected per award, per region.

Having been nominated by Tim Farron, John Stevenson, Trudy Harrison, Rory Stewart and Sue Hayman in the Excellence in Primary Care category for providing outstanding primary care across Cumbria, CHoC was named Regional Champion in May, and then took home the national award at a ceremony in Parliament on Wednesday 4th July.  CHoC was among the ten winners – selected from more than 750 nominations submitted by over 250 MPs – to receive awards at the ceremony.  The shortlist was judged by a panel of judges representing millions of NHS staff and patients:

  • Dr Neil Churchill, Director of Patient Experience of NHS England
  • Dr Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement
  • Rachel Power, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, the country’s foremost voice for people who use health and care services
  • Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison, the largest healthcare trades union, representing hundreds of thousands of staff members working across health and care
  • Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the professional membership body representing the tens of thousands of family doctors working in England
  • Janet Davies, General Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing, which represents hundreds of thousands of nurses and other staff working across health and care settings
  • Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, Chair of the British Medical Association’s Junior Doctors Committee, which represents tens of thousands of frontline medics in the early stages of their career
  • Andreas Haimböck-Tichy, Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at IBM, the headline sponsors of the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards and a key supplier of services to NHS organisations

This award recognises how we all work together as one team to provide a high quality service which is organised and consistent across Cumbria, which every member of the CHoC team can be proud to be a part of.

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