Local Health and Care Heroes Nominated by Michael Fabricant are Chosen To Represent the West Midlands in NHS Parliamentary Awards
Michael Fabricant is “truly delighted” that the Westgate GP Practice in Lichfield has been named regional champion in a prestigious competition to celebrate excellence in health and care in England
The NHS Parliamentary Awards, supported by Fuji Film, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.
Launched in March, it asked MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across ten categories.
Dr Gulshan Kaul of the Westgate Practice in Lichfield was nominated for the Health Equalities Award by Michael.
Michael says: “I nominated the practice and Dr Kaul for the award as the practice has designed a pathway to enable those people most at risk of being admitted to hospital to stay well.
“Using primary care risk indicators, those living at home with frailty have been identified by the GP practice. Each undergoes holistic assessment in their home and is then signposted to local services, or to a Staying Well Hub with Geriatrician, Clinical Pharmacist, Occupational Therapist and voluntary and social sector support. Reductions in emergency attendances and non-elective admissions are being seen as a direct consequence.
“This is all about keeping people with frailties well and out of hospital. It is a testament to the effectiveness of the NHS.”
Having been named champions by senior regional NHS experts, they will now vie with other regional winners from across England for the national award, to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.
Michael adds “I know that everyone in the West Midlands will share my delight and pride that the Westgate team has been named regional champion.
“They are representing the thousands of staff and volunteers who work day in, day out across our area to shape, deliver and support health and care services, and we’ll all be backing them to win the national award in July.”
From more than 500 entries, senior experts in each region have chosen ten outstanding nominations, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.
All the champions will be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on July 10th
The ceremony will be hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors. There will also be a special performance from the NHS Choir
The regional champions will now go forward to a final round of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, Carers UK, AGE UK, a member of the NHS Youth Forum and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.