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Local Health and Care Hero Chosen to Represent North in NHS70 Parlimentary Birthday Awards

Representatives from CHoC (Cumbria Health on Call)

[C]umbria Health on Call (CHoC) has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent north in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

As north regional champion in the Excellence in Primary Care category, they will now vie with three other regional winners from across England for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

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 the region’s 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. Cumbria Health on Call was nominated by five Cumbrian MP’s: Mr Tim Farron MP, Mr John Stevenson MP, Ms Trudy Harrison MP, Mr Rory Stewart MP and Ms Sue Hayman MP.

From over 750 entries, senior experts have chosen four outstanding nominations in each category, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

CHoC provides in-and-out of hours primary care services to the population of Cumbria and were the first out-of-hours service in the country to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC. CHoC continually develop new and effective ways of providing care which have received national recognition, these include telehealth, hospital avoidance schemes and joint working with other providers. All with the aim of ensuring that patients consistently receive the right response, from the right clinician, at the right time.

Susan Blakemore, Chief Executive of Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC) team said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the north regional champion in the Excellence in Primary Care category. This nomination is recognition of the dedication and diligence of the whole CHoC team who work tirelessly to provide outstanding care to the people of Cumbria. The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise some of the incredible work which goes on across the whole of the NHS system, and to be named as the north regional champion in this category is a great honour. We offer our best wishes to the other nominees.”

All of the champions will now 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 stage 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.

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