12 February 2013
Who is your NHS Hero? Who do you know who has gone the extra mile to provide exceptional care this winter? Nominations have opened for the national NHS Heroes initiative following the success of last year’s recognition scheme.
This time the scheme focuses on winter heroes – recognising that no matter the weather conditions, NHS staff and teams across the country go above and beyond their call of duty day in, day out to make sure you get the care you need, when you need it, without the expectation of acknowledgement or a thank you.
Last year a total of 78 individuals and teams at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust were named as NHS Heroes.
Staff were nominated by members of the public and colleagues in the scheme, which last year was launched to mark the 64th birthday of the National Health Service. They were celebrated at events at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital in Telford in November, where they each received framed certificates.
The latest NHS Heroes scheme follows the same format as last year. Members of the public and staff are able to nominate their NHS hero online at www.nhsheroes.com, outlining in about 100 words why the individual or team they are nominating is deserving of the accolade NHS Hero.
Nominations could be for anything that NHS staff do that really makes a difference to patients and ensures they receive not only the very best care, but also the best experience possible – from providing a hand to hold or shoulder to lean on, to the introduction of new programmes or services.
And as it focuses on the contribution over the winter it could recognise, for example, somebody who helped a colleague get into work during the adverse weather conditions.
Dr Ashley Fraser, Medical Director at the Trust, said: “This winter our two hospitals have faced extremely high demand for services. Many have worked beyond the call of duty to put patients first. This was especially true during the days of snow when staff made all sorts of arrangements to be able to get to work and provide patient care despite the adverse weather conditions.
“They are all heroes but there may be some individual stories about the efforts of our staff that our patients and members of the public in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales want to share. Please visit www.nhsheroes.com to make your nomination.”
Nominations will close on 28 February 2013.