‘I never cease to be amazed at our amazing health staff’

SUPPORT Ursula Ward is behind our Best of Health Awards 2012
SUPPORT Ursula Ward is behind our Best of Health Awards 2012
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TWO of the leading health figures in Portsmouth have given their support to awards that celebrate unsung heroes.

Ursula Ward, chief executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust – which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital – is backing The News Best of Health Awards 2012.

She praised the hard work of staff in the healthcare sector.

She said: ‘The Best of Health Awards are a fantastic way for staff to be recognised for their hard work and dedication and I would strongly urge people to vote.’

Paul Edmonson-Jones, director of public health for the region, added: ‘The NHS remains, to my mind, the most treasured institution that our country will ever have.

‘I never cease to be amazed at the amazing efforts staff make to maintain a high quality of service and to be sure they go the extra mile for their patients.

‘It is wonderful that, through the Best of Health Awards, you can nominate those unsung heroes so that we can recognise the amazing work that so many people in the NHS, private health sector and community groups do.’

This year’s awards night takes place on Friday, September 21 at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

The ceremony will be hosted by TV presenter Fred Dinenage.

To make sure your health hero is in with a chance, you have to nominate them.

There are 12 categories that cover all sectors of the health service, from care in hospitals and surgeries, to care in the community.

To nominate all you have to do is fill in the nominate form and return it back to us by June 25.

Once all the nominations are in, a judging panel will draw up a shortlist, which will be announced in The News. This year’s awards are backed by radio station Wave 105.

Any business or organisation looking to sponsor a category should contact Liz Parker by emailing liz.parker@thenews.co.uk or call (023) 9262 2202.