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Celebrating the unsung BME heroes

04 May 2018

The Awards will acknowledge a wide range of clinical, research and leadership achievements, as well as the unsung heroes who might otherwise be overlooked.

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On the morning of 22 June 1948, just two weeks before the NHS was launched, the cruise liner Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, carrying 492 passengers from the West Indies. Some of those passengers were among the first people to work in the NHS.

In the years since, many more people from around the world have come to work in the NHS. Today, people of black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds make up a fifth of its workforce.

 

Outstanding service

To celebrate this diversity, the Windrush 70 Awards will acknowledge a wide range of clinical, research and leadership achievements, as well as the unsung heroes who might otherwise be overlooked.

NHS workers have nominated their colleagues, while patients and service users have nominated the workers who have cared for them or a member of their family. There are many inspirational stories of outstanding patient care, and of NHS staff who have made a real difference.

 

Looking for winners

The most supported nominees will make it onto the shortlist, and the winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony in Manchester on 12 June. We hope that some CPHVA members will reach the final line-up. You can show support for nominations online up until 11 May. Registration for the ceremony will open soon. The nomination categories include:

  • NHS lifetime achievement award (sponsored by NHS England)
  • Research and policy development (sponsored by Health Education England)
  • Clinical excellence for allied health professionals (sponsored by the Care Quality Commission)
  • Rising stars innovation (sponsored by NHS Digital)
  • Contribution towards improving health inequalities (sponsored by Public Health England)
  • BME inspirational leader (sponsored by NHS Improvement)
  • Top leadership (sponsored by the NHS Leadership Academy)
  • Clinical excellence for medics (sponsored by the British Medical Association)

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most treasured and diverse institutions, to appreciate the vital role it plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank NHS staff – the everyday heroes.

To ‘support’ nominations and for more information, visit windrush.crowdicity.com

Picture credit | Gettyimages

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