Who is your NHS Hero?
NHS Heroes is a new national award scheme that recognises the efforts of staff whose expertise, passion for care, concern and everyday kindness touches the lives of patients and their families in hospital and community services. People whose day-to-day work has changed, enhanced or even saved a life dear to them.
The awards are open to all staff working in the NHS and nominations can be submitted 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.
Patients and the public can nominate staff who they feel go the extra mile by submitting a short statement of no more than 100 words explaining why the deserve to be recognised on the NHS Heroes website www.nhsheroes.com
Miles Scott, chief executive, said:
“There are a vast number of amazing people at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a huge range of services who are doing great things every single day and deserve recognition for the tremendous effort and commitment they demonstrate. The NHS Heroes Awards are a great opportunity to thank these people for all their hard work and kindness. As well as nominating staff on the NHS Heroes website, patients and their family, carers and friends can let us know who they would like to receive an award through Facebook and Twitter.”
The trust can also submit nominations on patient’s behalf. You can let the trust know who you would like to nominate for a NHS Hero Award by:
- Writing to us at: NHS Heroes Awards, Communications Unit, Room 1.037 Grosvenor Wing, St George’s Hospital, Blackshaw Road, SW17 0QT
- Calling us on 020 8725 5151
- Emailing us at email@example.com
- On Facebook at www.facebook.com/StGeorgesTrust
- Tweeting us @StGeorgesTrust
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For more information, please contact the Communications Unit on 020 8725 5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Outside working hours, please page us by calling 0844 822 2888, leaving a short message and contact details for pager SG548.
About St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust
- St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in southwest London. Its main site, St George’s Hospital in Tooting – one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals – is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. As well as acute hospital services, the trust provides a wide variety of specialist and community hospital based care and a full range of community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities. These services are provided from Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, 11 health centres and clinics, schools and nurseries, patients’ homes and Wandsworth Prison.
- St George’s Hospital, Tooting, is one of London’s four major trauma centres. In 2011/12 the emergency department at St George’s Hospital treated an average 447 patients each day, with 95.06 per cent of patients being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.
- St George’s Hospital is one of eight hyper acute stroke units in London. The trust’s stroke services were rated as the best in the country by the National Sentinel Audit 2010, and in the top four in 2011.
- St George’s Hospital has one of the biggest and busiest of the eight heart attack centres in London. The heart attack centre at St George’s Hospital was rated as having the best response rate for treating heart attack patients in London in the 2012 Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP).
- The trust is an accredited centre of excellence for trauma, neurology, cardiology and cancer services, and the national centre for family HIV care and bone marrow transplantation for non-cancer diseases.
- In 2011 the trust was named by the Dr Foster report for the Department of Health in the group of trusts with the lowest mortality rates in the country. The trust was one of only 14 in the country to have statistically significant lower than expected mortality rates.
- The trust passed all national cancer treatment and diagnosis targets in 2011/12, improving the prospects for thousands of cancer patients.
- In April 2012 the trust reported its lowest ever infection rates, with a 95 per cent reduction in MRSA over the last five years and only one MRSA bacteraemia (blood stream) infection in 2011/12.
- The 2011 Care Quality Commission (CQC) national inpatient survey has confirmed that the trust is achieving results expected of a major healthcare provider, ranking ‘about the same’ as similar trusts in the country in all 77 survey questions.
- The trust has returned a financial surplus for the last five years and has no historic debt. This has allowed the trust to invest in front line services and estate and facilities development, including the recent redevelopment of the A&E unit, the opening of a state-of-the-art regional breast cancer screening centre, and the development of a new pre-operative care centre. The trust is also developing state-of-the-art neurorehabilitation services at St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals.