Award winners celebrated at CCG annual meetings 

People who are making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Bradford patients have been celebrated at a local NHS awards ceremony.

NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) wanted to recognise and celebrate the achievements of NHS staff, GP practice members, volunteers and partners.

The award categories were especially focused on those roles that can often go unnoticed.

Max Mclean, lay member for patient and public involvement at Bradford City CCG, said: “This was our first awards ceremony and we wanted to thank people who quietly get on and help those around them make a difference – whether by being a volunteer, promoting good causes and better health in GP practices or an all-round community champion.

“Everyone who won awards seemed really pleased. It motivates people to be recognised with an award and makes them feel uplifted to be part of the good that’s being done to improve people’s health and wellbeing in Bradford.”

The awards formed an important part of the CCGs’ annual general meetings (AGMs) which were held at the end of September and attended by audiences of public, patients, partners, volunteers, membership and staff.

The AGMs were a chance for the CCGs to report back on their second year in business, highlight achievements in improving the quality of services for local people, and address some of the future challenges facing the NHS both locally and nationally.

Dr Andy Withers, clinical chair of Bradford Districts CCG, added: “The awards are a key part of our commitment to celebrating the success of individuals and teams, and recognising best practice across the CCG. We know that there are many staff, patients and volunteers who go the extra mile, have done something extraordinary, perhaps come up with innovative ideas or simply make people feel part of their local health services.”

The winners are:

Practice volunteer of the year:

  • Asmat Naheed (City)
  • Pauline Bulmer (Districts)

Practice patient group of the year:

  • Primrose Surgery PPG (City)
  • Wilsden Medical Centre PPG (Districts)

Practice staff member of the year:

  • Shamraz Akhtar, Dr Imtiaz & Partners, Horton Grange Medical Centre (City)
  • Jeanette Armistead, Rockwell & Wrose Practice, and Judith Patten, Tong Medical Centre (joint winners, Districts)

Patient engagement lead of the year (City award):

  • Kathryn Higgins

Practice of the year (Districts award):

  • Tong Medical Centre

Community partner of the year:

  • Liz Firth, Bradford maternity services liaison committee (City)
  • Healthy Lifestyles Solutions

The full annual reports and summary versions are available on the CCG websites:www.bradforddistrictsccg.nhs.uk and www.bradfordcityccg.nhs.uk