The local provider of specialist NHS services in Barnsley has held a celebratory event to recognise members of staff who have been named an NHS Hero.
The NHS Heroes initiative was introduced by the former health secretary Andrew Lansley to recognise NHS staff who go the extra mile and to help mark 64 years of the NHS.
NHS Heroes was designed to give everyone in England the chance to acknowledge NHS staff, and for the first time, patients, their friends and families, work colleagues and professional peers could nominate their personal NHS Heroes.
To celebrate their heroes South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust held a special event at Dean Clough Halifax with presentations made by the Trust’s Chair Ian Black.
Among the 56 individuals and teams recognised were the grounds men at Kendray Hospital in Barnsley. The team were nominated by a colleague for the “outstanding quality of gardens shrubbery and flower arrangements”.
A gardener at Kendray Hospital was also nominated individually for “keeping the external areas so lovely”. Nominated by non-executive director Julie Fox, she described the gardener’s work as “having a lasting impression on service users and visitors and it demonstrates how important the environment is to help people feel respected and valued. He does a fantastic job.”
Chief executive Steven Michael said, “NHS Heroes is a celebration of the very best in the NHS. We see day in day out the dedication our 4,700 staff give to the NHS to ensure the best quality care and experience for people who use our services. It was great to see a range of staff nominated from those maintaining the grounds to those providing medical care- their dedication and commitment keeps the NHS running smoothly.”