INSPIRATIONAL people from across Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford were crowned as the ‘Best of West’ yesterday (Thursday 24 September), amid a showcase of local talent and commitment at NHS West Essex CCG’s Best of West Awards.
Schools, volunteers and healthcare professionals all received deserved recognition for their dedication to keeping west Essex well and having a positive impact on local communities.
Chris Brotherton from Everyone Active in Epping received the prestigious People’s Professional Award, which was decided by the public with over 160 people casting their vote, for his work to find ways of helping people to change their lives and improve their health.
Kelly Tarling of Rainbow Services in Harlow received the award for Best Community Project for helping communities in Harlow by listening to local people and creating opportunities for socialising and reducing isolation.
The Volunteer of the Year Award went to joint-winners Pete Fitch for his work with Volunteer Uttlesford and Nicola Smith from Saffron Walden based Support4Sight.
Meanwhile the Pharmaceutical Care Award went to Tunde Sokoya of Easter Pharmacy in Buckhurst Hill, and George Shields, Manager of Hamilton Practice in Harlow received the Primary Care Award for supporting collaboration between practices to improve care for patients.
Chief Officer at NHS West Essex CCG Clare Morris said: “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to the winners of our first Best of West Awards and everyone who made the shortlist, and thank you for their dedication and commitment to making west Essex great.
“We received some fantastic nominations which included some inspirational stories of selflessness with people across west Essex giving up their time to support members of their community and this event was a real showcase of local efforts.
“The judging panel had an unenviable job selecting a shortlist from a lot of very strong nominations so I’m delighted each award has been presented to very worthy winners.”
The awards were presented by Stephen King and Jackie Sully, lay members of the board at NHS West Essex CCG during a ceremony that ended with the presentation of over 25 long service awards to people who have given over 20 years of service to the NHS including Angie Heini who has worked as a practice nurse at a local GP surgery for over 40 years.
Before the awards, the CCG’s second Annual General Meeting took place which detailed progress made in local health and care services over the past year, how local money has been invested and gave a brief preview of plans for the future.
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