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MP’s delight as local health and care heroes chosen to represent Copeland in NHS Birthday Awards

Representatives from CHoC (Cumbria Health on Call)

The MP for Copeland has expressed her delight that Cumbria Health on Call 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.

Cumbria Health on Call were nominated for the Excellence in Primary Care Award by Mrs Harrison citing dedication and diligence of the whole CHoC team who work tirelessly to provide outstanding care to the people of Cumbria.

Having been named champions by senior regional NHS experts, they 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.

Mrs Harrison, said: “During my recent visit to West Cumberland Hospital, it was a pleasure to meet two highly motivated apprentices from Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC) – their drive and enthusiasm for their new roles was evidently clear.

“I know that everyone in Copeland will share my delight and pride that the fantastic team that makes up Cumbria Heath on Call has been named regional champion.

“They are representing the hundreds of staff and volunteers who work day in, day out across our area to shape, deliver and support health and care services, and we’ll all be backing them to win the national award in July.”

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.”

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.

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