27th February 2019
' Nominations open '
22nd March 2019
' Nominations close '
17th May 2019
' Shortlist announced '
3rd July 2019
' Awards ceremony '
5th July 2019
' NHS's 71st birthday '


Dr Neil Churchill OBE

Dr Neil Churchill is Director for Experience, Participation and Equalities at NHS England where he champions patient, carer and public perspectives on quality improvement. Before joining NHS England in 2013, he had a 25 year career in the voluntary sector at organisations like Barnardo's, Age Concern, Crisis and Asthma UK. He tweets as @neilgchurchill

Mr Dave Prentis

Dave Prentis has been General Secretary of UNISON, the largest union representing health and care staff in the UK, since January 2001. He is a passionate advocate for public services and public service workers and believes in the dignity of labour and fighting for a decent living wage. He was a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and President of Public Services International – the umbrella body for public sector trade unions across the world.  Dave is a member of the Court of the Bank of England and he is a past president of the Trades Union Congress.

Ms Rachel Power

With twenty years’ directorial experience working in palliative care, Rachel looks forward to continuing the Association’s strong history of a willingness to speak up on behalf of patients and service users when necessary.

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard

Helen Stokes-Lampard is Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the UK’s largest Medical Royal College, representing over 52,000 family doctors across the UK.  The Chair shapes policy and leads the strategy of the College, working with politicians, policy makers and the media to ensure that the ‘voice’ of general practice and GPs is understood and represented. 

Dr Ruth May

Ruth May was appointed as Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement in April 2016 following her role as Director of Nursing at Monitor. She is also Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and National Director for Infection Prevention and Control. Ruth has a theatre nursing background and over 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS and is passionate about reducing avoidable pressure ulcers and so she personally champions the national Stop the Pressure programme.

Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya

Jeeves graduated from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2013 with MBBS and BSc in Medical Education. He is currently an academic GP trainee in east London and is completing a Masters degree in Medical Education.

Ms Janet Davies

Janet Davies is the Chief Executive and General Secretary for the Royal College of Nursing. Prior to this appointment, Janet was one of the Executive Director’s at the Royal College of Nursing (joining in September 2005) and had the strategic lead for nursing and service delivery to its members. Previous to joining the RCN, she had a long career as a Nurse within the NHS.  She was Director of Nursing in West Lancashire and Liverpool and Chief Executive of Mersey Regional Ambulance Service.

Mr Andreas Haimböck-Tichy

In January 2016 Andreas became the Leader of the IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences Unit, bringing 20 years’ experience in the IT Industry to help the Healthcare systems across the UK and Ireland to strive and deliver improved IT services in an ever changing and demanding environment. 

Ms Kate Smith MSc

Kate Smith MSc, is the Director of NHS Strategy & Government Affairs at Teva UK Limited.  Kate has worked in pharmaceutical industry in both branded and specialty medicines, since 1998.  She is passionate about understanding and working with the dynamic environment of the NHS to enable solutions which benefit the patient.  She also has many years insight in delivering projects which improve outcomes for patients. 

Teva is a leading global pharmaceutical company that provides innovative and high quality healthcare solutions to millions of patients every day.

Top figures join judging panel for NHS70 Parliamentary Awards

Senior leaders representing staff and patients have pledged their support for a one-off competition to celebrate the contribution of health and care workers during the NHS’s 70th birthday year.The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards were launched last month, and will see English MPs put forward individuals and teams serving their constituencies for national recognition.

Leading figures working in health and care have now backed the Awards, and will sit on the national judging panel to decide the winner in each of ten categories. As of April 2018 we are delighted to welcome Kate Smith MSc, Director of NHS Strategy & Government Affairs at Teva UK Limited to the judging panel. 

The judging panel will be co-chaired by Dr Neil Churchill, Director of Patient Experience for NHS England, and Dr Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement.

They will now be joined by:

  • Rachel Power, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, the country’s foremost voice for people who use health and care services.
  • Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison, the largest healthcare trades union, representing hundreds of thousands of staff members working across health and care. 
  • Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the professional membership body representing the tens of thousands of family doctors working in England.
  • Janet Davies, General Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing, which represents hundreds of thousands of nurses and other staff working across health and care settings.
  • Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, Chair of the British Medical Association’s Junior Doctors Committee, which represents tens of thousands of frontline medics in the early stages of their career.
  • Andreas Haimböck-Tichy, Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at IBM, the co-headline sponsors of the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards and a key supplier of services to NHS organisations.
  • Kate Smith MSc, Director of NHS Strategy & Government Affairs at Teva UK Limited, the co-headline sponsors of the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards and the largest supplier of medicines to the NHS

Dr Neil Churchill said:
“We are delighted to have gained the support of leaders representing different and important parts of the community who work in, support and use the NHS. There is a huge appetite in this 70th year of the NHS to thank staff and celebrate the work they do, day in, day out for all of us.”

Dr Ruth May said:
“We have had a really positive response from MPs keen to take this unique opportunity to highlight the many examples of amazing work going on in their areas, and I look forward to working with all of the judges to review the nominations we receive.”

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards is part of a range of activities being organised by NHS England and NHS Improvement, working with a wide range of partners, to celebrate the achievements of the NHS and those who work for and with it.

MPs are being encouraged to search for outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the health and care system provides care for their constituents.

There are ten categories, including a Lifetime Achievement award to honour those who have devoted their lives or careers to making the NHS better, both for patients and those who work within it.

The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony in the Palace of Westminster on July 4th, the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.