Local health team to represent the South in NHS birthday awards

Surrey Heath MP, Michael Gove, has expressed his delight that a local team has been named regional champion in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by IBM and Teva, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in February, 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.

The TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for Dementia Study Team at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was nominated for The Future NHS Award by Michael Gove, with the MP citing its pioneering study that uses internet enabled devices in combination with artificial intelligence to keep people with dementia safe and well in their homes.

The team also received nominations from 2 other local MPs.

Having been named champions by senior regional NHS experts, the team 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 Gove said:

“I am absolutely thrilled that the TIHM Dementia Study Team at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been named regional champion. I know that everyone in Surrey will be backing the team to win the national award in July, and I wish them the very best of luck!”

From more than 750 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 of the champions will be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on July 4th, the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.

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.

The regional champions will now go forward to a final round of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, the Unison trade union, and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.