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Diamond Awards Launched to Celebrate NHS 60th Anniversary

April 21, 2008 6:33 PM

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.

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For further information and a copy of the nomination form visit the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website (www.nhsggc.org.uk/anniversary) or phone 0141 278 2673 during office hours.

The closing date for entries is Friday 30th May and winners will be presented with their award at a special anniversary event at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 5th July 2008.

"We are also keen to encourage nominations for administrative and support staff as their contribution to the NHS is often overlooked and we want to make sure they get the recognition they deserve."

She added: "NHS staff and volunteers tend to be very modest about their work and would never dream of nominating themselves for an award so this is your chance to show them just how much you value their support.

Eunice Muir, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's, Nurse Director for Acute Services, said: "If you have been impressed by the skills of an NHS member of staff or benefited from the services provided by an NHS volunteer then we want to hear from you. If you find it hard to single out a single individual for praise then you can also nominate an entire team, department, centre or service.

The NHS Diamond Awards are open to all NHS staff and volunteers including those who provide services in hospitals, health centres, clinics, GP surgeries, dental practices, pharmacies or even in your own home. There are ten award categories to choose from and individuals, teams or services can be nominated for more than one award.

"NHS Diamonds come from all walks of life - they could be a doctor, nurse or a midwife, a receptionist, porter, cleaner or physiotherapist. They could also be one of the hundreds of volunteer drivers or tea ladies who work tirelessly behind the scenes and give up their own free time to help others. What sets them apart is their dedication, commitment and willingness to work above and beyond the call of duty."

Andrew Robertson, Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, explained: "We know that the vast majority of people have a very positive experience of the NHS and are very grateful for the care and support they receive. We therefore wanted to give patients and the general public a chance to say thank-you to the NHS staff and volunteers who have made a difference to them."

The awards aim to recognise the important work of staff and volunteers and highlight the contribution they make to the NHS.

The public are being asked to nominate NHS staff and volunteers for a special diamond award to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

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