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Health and care heroes honoured in NHS Parliament Awards

The NHS in the Midlands has today revealed the ten individuals and teams it has chosen as regional champions for the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards.

MPs and NHS leaders in the Midlands joined forces to honour health and care staff who have helped to improve treatment for patients.

The coronavirus pandemic, the greatest public health challenge in the NHS history has prompted a record number of nominations from MPs across the country who have sought to shine a light on the dedication of health and care staff and volunteers who have contributed to the unprecedented response.

The judges, drawn from across the NHS have today selected the 10 regional winners who have been selected from over 147 nominations, one in each of the 10 categories.

Tony Kelly and Jit Pundal have been recognised in the Health Equalities Award for their work as Diabetes Strategic Patient Partners.

As the Diabetes Strategic Patient Partners for NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, Jit Pundal and Tony Kelly have helped to inform the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes, particularly in BAME communities across the patch via blogs, radio and TV shows, newspaper columns, videos, webinars and engagement events.

Paul Jennings, Chief Executive at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “The dedication and commitment from Jit and Tony has truly helped raise awareness of the impacts diabetes can have on everyday life, and has educated local people on how this can be prevented.

“The work that they have achieved has meant that we’ve been able to better connect with a range of communities, particularly those who are more at-risk from getting type 2 diabetes.

“I would like to congratulate our Diabetes Strategic Patient Partners for their nomination, and wish them the best of luck in the national Parliamentary Awards next year.”

Steve McCabe MP said: “I was really impressed by the work of Jit, Tony and the Diabetes Strategic Patient Partners, who have used their own experience of living with diabetes to engage with vulnerable communities. The team have held over 150 diabetes awareness events a year, including at Fircroft College in my constituency and they have embraced new technology to continue their work during the pandemic.

“I was pleased to nominate them for the 2020 NHS Parliamentary Awards and am delighted to hear that they have been shortlisted. Best of luck at the awards!”

Dr Nigel Sturrock, Regional Medical Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands, said: “I was impressed by the high standard of all entries from the Midlands this year and choosing between the dozens of teams and individuals who all go above and beyond, to go forward and represent our region, has been incredibly difficult. I wish our champions the best of luck in the national heats and will be rooting for them on the day.”

Tony and Jit will now go head to head with other winners from across the country to be judged by a national panel made up of senior leaders representing staff and patients, for the chance to win the prestigious national award, which will be presented at a special ceremony in the House of Commons on the 7 July 2021.

The full list of regional winners can be found here: https://www.nhsparliamentaryawards.co.uk/shortlist

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