Headlines: July 10th, 2003

There will be a major conference and exhibition next year to celebrate and spread good practice in the National Health Service and in social care. The move was announced by the Health Secretary, Dr John Reid as the winners of this year’s Health and Social Care Awards were named.Dr Reid said he had commissioned the event which will take place in twelve months time to coincide with NHS Week 2004. Dr Reid said the idea was to celebrate and spread good practice to serve as an inspiration and education for all staff in the health service.

Around 800 applications were received for this year’s awards and 18 winners were awarded their prizes by Dr Reid and the former England footballer and TV personality Gary Lineker. Dr Reid told those at the ceremony: “Over two and a half million people rely on the dedication and expertise of health and social care professionals every day. These awards represent the pinnacle of that effort. Skill, ingenuity, commitment and passion are just some of the qualities commended by the judges, not only among the winners but all the finalists. All of you are outstanding achievers.”

Outstanding Achiever Awards went to Dr Arun Baksi a Consultant Physician with the Isle of Wight Healthcare Trust, nurse Fay Macrory, Consultant Midwife at the Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s Hospitals, social worker Sue Allen from Southampton City Council and Lorraine Clapham, the Superintendent Physiotherapist at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust who took the award in the Allied Health Professional category. Rita Butcher, a volunteer with the Working Together Development Group run by MIND in Tower Hamlets won the Outstanding Achiever award for wider health or social care.

Team awards went to the Newham Diabetes Service, for health and to Sheffield City Council’s Aldine House Secure Children’s Centre in the social care section.