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NHS Heroes to be honoured


A new recognition scheme for all NHS staff has been launched to mark the 64th anniversary of the NHS.


NHS Heroes encourages staff, patients and their families to nominate their own personal heroes in the NHS, to recognise the efforts of people whose expertise, passion for care, concern and everyday kindness makes a lasting difference to the lives of patients and their families.

The initiative, which has been developed with input from clinicians, trade unions and otherparties across the NHS, not only recognises hospital staff but those working in local community health services.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said he hopes patients and their families will take full advantage of the chance to recognise and thank NHS staff.

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.”

NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson said: ”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 NHSrunning 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.”

To nominate an NHS hero, fill in a simple online form at www.nhsheroes.com. An NHS Heroes launch pack will also be sent out shortly, the Department of Health said.

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.

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