In honour of 70 years of the NHS and in celebration of the incredible staff working in it, BBC One’s The One Show and the Patients Association teamed up to hold a star-studded NHS Patients Awards live on television yesterday (Friday 11 May).
Hosted by presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, and supported by celebrities including Michael Sheen, Eddie Izzard and Gary Lineker, the event put the spotlight on the hard-working NHS staff who make a difference to people’s lives every day.
Clinical Nurse Specialist Fiona Chaabane was named as the first winner of the evening, taking home the Nursing and Midwifery Award for her work supporting young people with dementia and their families at Southampton General Hospital.
Our second winner of the evening was Malcolm Robinson. The kindness and commitment of Malcolm, Chief Biomedical Scientist at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, impressed the judges and earned him the Children and Young People’s Care Award.
Sohier Elneil, Consultant Urogynaecologist & Uro-neurologist for University College Hospital, was awarded the Healthcare award for her specialist work treating women with chronic pain following the fitting of plastic mesh.
Having dedicated 65 years of her life to the NHS, staff nurse at Shepherd House inpatient recovery unit, Aileen Coomber, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award.
And finally, the winner of the public vote. 82 year old Alan Klottrup, was crowned the NHS’s unsung hero. Having volunteered in the A&E department at University Hospital of North Durham for over 20 years, Alan was an incredibly deserving winner.
Did you miss the awards on The One Show? If so, you can watch them via the BBC iPlayer.