Unsung heroes of NHS

Patients, NHS staff and Belper folk are being encouraged by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group to nominate their unsung NHS hero in a national awards recognition scheme.

The national ‘NHS Heroes’ scheme was launched by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley earlier this month to coincide with the NHS’ 64th birthday.

Anyone who works within the NHS can be nominated, for any reason which has made a difference. This could be a proactive GP instigating all manner of tests at your local hospital, a forward-thinking practice nurse with lots of new ideas to help patients, or a colleague who always lifts the spirit of the team.

Dr Sheila Newport, chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group who will represent patients in the area from April 2013, said: “The NHS is one of our most treasured assets, but it’s also one we can sometimes take for granted.

“Every day doctors, nurses, receptionists and cleaners behind the scenes work tirelessly to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people needing care and support.

“The ‘NHS Heroes’ scheme is our chance to say thank you for the fantastic work they do and ensure they get the recognition they deserve as that one moment of extra effort and kindness may have saved a life, or helped someone through tough times.”

To nominate an ‘NHS Hero’ in Belper, fill in a simple online form at www.nhsheroes.com.

A recognition certificate will be given to every member of staff nominated.