Basingstoke MP Maria Miller has announced the local health and care workers she has nominated for national awards to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.
The NHS 70 Awards were set up to recognise the massive contributions made by individuals and teams who work in and alongside the NHS.
Maria has chosen the following as the official nominees to represent Basingstoke in the national competition: 
·        The “Moving Forward” course delivered by charity Breast Cancer Care, in partnership with Basingstoke Hospital, for the Excellence in Cancer Care Award
·        Ms Venus Kan, a North Hampshire resident who is Vocational Services Manager at Broadmoor Hospital, for the Excellence in Mental Health Care Award
·        Dr Tanuj Lad’s Ambulatory Care Unit at Basingstoke Hospital for the Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award
·        Ms Sue Martin, who runs the “Six Steps Programme” at St Michael’s Hospice, for the Excellence in Primary Care Award
·        Mr Paul Hutton, who leads the Community Palliative Care Team at St Michael’s Hospice, for the Person-Centred Care Champion Award
·        Mr Richard Hindley’s Urology Department at Basingstoke Hospital for the Future NHS Award
·        The Alcohol Intervention Team at Basingstoke Hospital for the Healthier Communities Award
·        Basingstoke School Nursing Team for the Care and Compassion Award
·        Mrs Sue Price, Trustee at Headway Basingstoke, and long-time NHS Speech and Language Therapist, for the Lifetime Achievement Award

Maria said: “I am very proud of our local NHS and care services and am delighted to be taking part in the NHS 70 Parliamentary Awards as a way of recognising and thanking the people who work or support those services.”
“All parts of the NHS and other organisations were invited to nominate individuals and organisations for these 70th Birthday Awards. So many people make an outstanding contribution in our area and there were some wonderful nominations – and it has been all but impossible to put forward a shortlist of those to represent Basingstoke in the national competition.  I wish them all the best of luck.”
Nominees put forward by MPs across England will initially be judged by senior local and regional NHS experts to find regional champions in each category, to be announced on 21 May. These regional champions will then be judged by a high-level panel, with the overall winners announced at a special awards ceremony in Parliament on 4 July – the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.
People can find out more and how to get involved at