Health And Social Care Professionals Scoop Awards At National Ceremony

Twelve teams from NHS and social care organisations across England – plus one outstanding achiever’ individual – have scooped national awards at the prestigious final of the 2006 Health and Social Care Awards in London.

The winners were chosen from more than 1,500 entrants whose innovation and ideas with others in the health and social care field was recognised.

The ceremony, hosted by the broadcaster Jeremy Vine, attracted an audience of front-line staff from a variety of public and third sector organisations, as well as private business, including those from across NHS and social care organisations. The event followed on from the annual ‘NHS Live’ event consisting of presentations by front-line organisations showcasing ongoing development and learning.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt, who presented the award for Health and Social Care Team of the Year, said: “My warmest congratulations go to all the finalists and especially to the winners in the sixth annual Health and Social Care Awards. These Awards are an opportunity for individuals and teams to have their innovation and excellent care recognised and rewarded and it is encouraging to have finalists with such incredibly high standards.

“It is not only about appreciating these achievements on the night – it is about celebrating the successes which occur throughout the health and social care sectors on a daily basis.

“For the many people who rely on the two million health and social care staff in England these awards are a recognition of dedication and expertise. This is a tribute to the high standards of innovative care which are at the core of the daily business of health and social care workers.”