MPs nominate local NHS heroes to win North West awards
Two local health professionals and a mental health initiative have been named as North West regional winners in the NHS Parliamentary Awards, after local MPs nominated them for their outstanding contribution.
All winners are from Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) and have been nominated by MPs on account of a “compassionate, person-centred approach to the provision of care”. The winners will now be put forward for an individual national award, with the ceremony held in London on Wednesday 10 July in the House of Commons.
CWP director of operations, Andy Styring, won the regional Lifetime Achievement Award. He said: “I am delighted to receive this award which I accept on behalf of all individuals who support people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. I have worked all my career to empower people to live independent lives through choice and involvement, ensuring people get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. I hope this award helps to raise awareness of the importance of helping all people to be the best they can be.”
Stephanie John, CWP clinical support worker, won the regional Care and Compassion Award: “It’s such a surprise to win the regional award and be shortlisted in the national category. Knowing I made such a positive difference to someone’s life is something that will stay with me, and I’m so lucky to be in a career where making those differences is a part of my day-to-day.”
Finally, CWP’s Next Step Cards mental health initiative won the regional Future NHS Award. Dr Fiona Pender, CWP consultant psychologist, comments: “I am absolutely delighted to see the work of young people, families and clinicians honoured in this way. Created by mental health experts and local young people, Next Step Cards is a tool to enable safe and structured conversations with young people who may be struggling with their emotional health and wellbeing. This resource takes mental health support out of the clinic and into school and community settings”.
What our MPs say:
Mike Amesbury MP - Weaver Vale
“I was delighted to nominate Andy and Next Steps for the NHS Parliamentary Awards and this recognition is richly deserved.
“I was hugely impressed to hear about the work they have been doing which has had a tremendous impact not only on my constituency but the wider area also.
“It’s absolutely crucial that we celebrate these everyday heroes of our NHS who dedicate their lives to serving their communities and our precious health service.
“I wish them all the very best for the national awards where I will certainly be rooting for them.”
Rt Hon Frank Field MP - Birkenhead
"I am really, really pleased that Andy, Stephanie, and Next Steps have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to our NHS. It was a pleasure to nominate them, and even more so to see their efforts being celebrated with this Award.
"The truth is, the dedication and care shown every day by many thousands of NHS staff in Merseyside is worthy of all sorts of awards. But it is wonderful that three of our local stars have been rewarded in this way."
Chris Matheson MP - City of Chester
“I would like to congratulate Andy Styring of the CWP on his nomination for the National NHS Parliamentary Awards. After winning at regional level, I am delighted to see that Andy’s great work here in Chester in being recognised.
“The CWP are well known for their innovative approach to patient care, and so I am also very pleased that the Next Step system is being considered for a National Award. Our healthcare workers make a huge difference in our community, and I wish Andy and the CWP all the best as they go forward with this much deserved honour.”
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP - Tatton
"I am delighted Andy Styring was the regional winner for the Lifetime Achievement Award and Next Step Cards won The Future NHS Award. I want to thank Andy for his dedication to the NHS for the last 40 years, starting off his career as a charge nurse, before taking on roles of teaching, senior management, and his work around children and adult with learning difficulties. I also admire his passion to get mental health on a par with physical health.
"I was also impressed by Next Step Cards and the innovative way they took the idea of a game of cards and turned it into 52 unique scenarios, representing a mood, through, action or goal, with the aim of starting safe and structured conversations with young people about their emotional health and wellbeing.
“Anything we can do to help empower our young people and encourage them to talk openly about how they feel must be welcomed and I am delighted that since its launch across Cheshire and Wirral, the practice has now been adopted with professionals from Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.
"I wish both Andy and Next Step Cards the best of luck as they now go forward to compete with other regional winners for the national prize and thank them once again, and all those who work in the NHS for their hard work and dedication."