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Recognition of the Unsung NHS Heroes

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With all the complaints and constant bad news relating to the NHS, it’s sometimes easy to forget what a fundamentally great institution it really is.

In a nutshell – it’s the frontline staff who toil endlessly day and night to provide what often goes far and beyond their job description, providing a service to patients that make the NHS a force still to be reckoned with.  Much as there’s a lot wrong with the NHS, there’s still a huge amount of things that are right, and that’s why it’s refreshing to see a move by The Star (a Sheffield newspaper) to recognise NHS frontline staff.

The paper is running a scheme whereby members of the public can nominate NHS members who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty in their patient care.  All frontline staff are eligible to be nominated, including doctors, midwives, nurses, paramedics and volunteers.  The winner will be determined by a judge’s panel to be decided by the newspaper, and invited to receive their award at the ‘Thank You’ award ceremony held annually by Sheffield’s Teaching hospital held in November, 2011.

This award is expected to receive many nominees, seeing as the majority of NHS staff work in the profession not just for monetary reward, but as a vocation.  It’s possible to nominate both individual members of staff or groups – such as a team who work together on a various ward, clinic or ambulance.


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