I am grateful to the hundreds of constituents who helped me in submitting nominations for last year’s NHS Parliamentary Awards. At the awards ceremony, last Summer, two of our local nominees went on to win national awards in recognition of their invaluable: the Carers Health Team at Sussex Community Foundation Trust and Ms Julie Ward from Maybridge Community Church.
I have encountered day in, day out, the passion and dedication so many local workers and volunteers put into ensuring everyone in our community is healthy and happy. These past few months have been difficult but, through it all, we have seen great dedication from those in our healthcare community.
All our NHS staff, volunteers and society’s carers deserve recognition, but there are many that go above and beyond the call of duty to make the NHS a better service - with hard graft, exciting new ideas and simply by putting patients first.
I can submit one nomination per category and would like the help of local constituents in deciding who these should be. The categories are as follows:
More information about each category can be seen by clicking on their above text.
If you would like to nominate someone, you can do so via the below forms.
To nominate for The Lifetime Achievement Award, please use the second form.
The deadline for nominations is 11:59pm on the 18th of August.
Details of the nominations for both previous winners from our community can be seen at the foot of the page, here.
Worthing West's Succesful 2019 NHS Parliamentary Awards:
Awards Category: The Excellence in Primary Care Award
Carers Health Team:
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
The service provided by the Carers Health Team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is unique in that it is clinician-led and focuses on the informal carers' individual needs, and identifies them as "expert partners in care" and which compliments other support services locally.
The service specification is underpinned by the NHS Commitment to Carers and CQC standards to ensure that a credible, safe and effective service is being provided. An individual RAG rated health needs assessment including a research based wellbeing score is undertaken with each individual carer. The RAG rating determines the needs of the carers and the impact the caring role may have on their health or long term condition.
The team works within the NICE guidelines and Nursing and Midwifery Council guidelines and to Care Quality Commission standards. The service is audited on a regular basis to ensure standard of provision remains of high quality. Carers previously only had access to voluntary services.
The team work proactively and in partnership with the carer and statutory and third sector organisations, drawing on the team's professional knowledge and expertise, to provide training, advice and signposting.
Awards Category: The Volunteer of the Year Award
Ms Julie Ward:
Maybridge Community Church
Julie has been a hard working community health leader, both as the parish nurse and as a leader in community projects. She has 10 years of nursing experience, having worked both as a nurse and Health Advisor locally and has been involved in community projects at Maybridge Community Church from 1997.
Her work has focused mainly on improving the lives of the elderly, but also others who are vulnerable due to mental or physical health issues and learning difficulty issues. She provides free drop-in sessions for specific ailments and health issues, including blood pressure checks, and other NHS health checks.
Julie provides help with patients attending Hospital and GP appointments by attending with them to assist them when required. A valuable service she provides in going out of her way to help the more vulnerable is to accompany clients in attending Tribunals and Benefit Appeals. She supports local patients when they are going through the hardest moments in their lives: bereavement, terminal diagnoses, and hardship. She fills the roles the hard stretched local NHS have difficulty reaching.
Not only is she a healthcare champion, she also manages a team of volunteers to help ensure that the living environments and day-to-day lives of her community members is improved, this include carrying out domestic duties like cleaning, shopping and gardening for the elderly and vulnerable.
Her legacy, though she has much more to give, is already ascertainable in the positivity of the local community she has helped.