Local MP honours local stars of the NHS

08 October 2019

The MP for Birkenhead has visited a local NHS Trust to pay tribute to some of the stars of our National Health Service.

A special presentation at the Birch Centre, in Birkenhead recently saw the Rt Hon Frank Field MP present NHS Parliamentary Awards certificates to members of staff from Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP).

The NHS Parliamentary Awards were held in London earlier this year in July, and were an opportunity for members of parliament to celebrate NHS heroes from their constituencies. Each MP nominated an individual or project that they felt worthy of recognition for the regional judging panels.

CWP benefitted from an impressive seven nominations from Mr Field and were delighted to learn to that he wished to present certificates, honouring the nominations, in person, at the Trust.

Ready to welcome Mr Field to CWP were Trust chief executive, Sheena Cumiskey and CWP chair, Mike Maier. Sheena was thrilled to welcome the long-serving MP for Birkenhead to the Birch Centre.

She said: “On behalf of the Trust I was absolutely delighted to be able to welcome the Rt Hon Frank Field MP to CWP. His recognition of the efforts of our people was most welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed being able to share with him some of the outstanding work that takes place here.”

Following the seven nominations, three of Mr Field’s recommendations went on to become regional champions in their categories. CWP director of operations, Andy Styring, was a regional champion in the Lifetime Achievement Category. The Next Step Cards project won the North West gong in the Future NHS category. Thirdly, Stephanie John, CWP clinical support worker, won a regional prize in the Care and Compassion category.

The Rt Hon Frank Field MP said: “I was really, really pleased to put forward all seven of these NHS heroes for an NHS Parliamentary Award. It is hugely important that the tireless efforts of our NHS staff, day in, day out are recognised, and I hope this has gone some way to providing that recognition. The truth is that there are many awards that could be handed out to NHS staff across Merseyside who go out of their way to provide care, often in trying circumstances.

“I would like to congratulate Next Steps, Andy and Stephanie for being named as regional champions in the awards. I was thrilled that they were given the opportunity to represent the North West region at the national awards at Westminster. I would also like to say a huge well done to all of those who I nominated.”

Sheena added: “Every day I am proud to be chief executive of this organisation. The number one reason for this is the hard work and dedication of our people. We continue to strive to provide outstanding care and go above and beyond in helping people to be the best they can be. Recognition such as this is richly deserved for the individuals who make our Trust the organisation that it is.

I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all of those who were nominated for these awards by Mr Field.”

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