Barnsley Hospital has been named as a ‘regional champion’ in this year’s Parliamentary Awards for its oxygen management process during Covid-19. The submission was shortlisted from 700 other entries.

Regional champions have been selected by panels of senior regional NHS representatives for their dedication to the health service and to people they care for in their communities. All the regional winners will be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on 6 July in Westminster, a day after the NHS’s 74th birthday – where the overall winners will be announced.

NHS staff and volunteers are at the very heart of the NHS and are key to delivering NHS Long Term Plan ambitions including more options for patients, better support and joined-up care at the right time in the best setting.

The Parliamentary Awards honour teams and individuals from across the NHS, From urgent and emergency, primary, mental healthcare and more. The NHS Parliamentary Awards recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Over 700 nominations were submitted, more than last year, with half of MPs representing constituencies in England doing so.

The 2022 Parliamentary Awards were launched in March this year. They asked MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought had made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across 10 categories. Barnsley Hospital’s submission was for the Covid response award category.

Director of operations Rob McCubbin said:

“We are so thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Parliamentary Award for our oxygen management project during the early phases of Covid. This recognition really does reflect the collaborative efforts and dedication of our colleagues who have worked so hard to successfully deliver effective oxygen supply during Covid-19. This project was critical at this time and has been used as a model way of working for a number of other trusts that followed our lead. Knowing there was such stiff competition really does make this announcement feel like a wonderful achievement for everyone involved. The nomination has been a tremendous boost to the teams that worked on this project.”

Amanda Pritchard, NHS chief executive, added:

Undoubtedly one of the NHS’ greatest strengths is our extraordinary staff, and every single member is an important part of the NHS team, which has treated more than 740,000 patients with Covid, delivered more than 124 million Covid jabs and worked tirelessly to make significant inroads recovering services impacted by the pandemic.     

“The past two years have been incredibly difficult for everyone, including of course not just the NHS but all key workers, but despite that health and care staff and volunteers have continued to make a real difference to their patients. 

“This is reflected in the hundreds of nominations received from across the country and I want to congratulate every one of those people receiving recognition for service to their communities and making a real and lasting difference for patients.”   

The Parliamentary Awards

The NHS Parliamentary Awards was launched in 2018 to celebrate the NHS’ 70 birthday and recognise the outstanding contribution of staff, volunteers and others working in the health and care sector. Now in its fifth year, the awards have been an overwhelming success with over 450 Members of Parliament, representing constituencies in England, nominating an individual or organisation for an award, almost half of all eligible MPs.