Say ‘thank you’ with a Dignity in Care nomination

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Service users and the public are invited to say ‘thank you’ to health care staff by nominating them for a Dignity in Care award.

Milton Keynes Community Health Services (MKCHS) is launching the fourth annual People’s Award - Dignity in Care to recognise the outstanding contribution made by staff to the care of local people. Members of the public are asked to make a nomination to help recognise the hard work of a MKCHS service, team or individual. The nominee could be an administrator or health care worker; someone who has gone that extra mile in providing care, dealing with a case, answering a question or just always being there with a smile.

This year it’s even easier for people to nominate, with a series of options. As always, people can complete an online survey or write to MKCHS Headquarters, Hospital Campus, Standing Way, Milton Keynes, MK6 5NG. People will need to supply their name, contact information, the name of the person they are nominating and the reason for the nomination.

In addition, this year service users will be able to pick up a postcard at any city health centre, complete their nomination on the back and post it back by freepost. Staff out and about in the community, such as district nurses and health visitors are also being encouraged to hand the postcards over to their patients when they visit them at home.

The closing date is Saturday, September 1. A formal presentation will be held in October to acknowledge the achievements of the winners and nominees. Cathy Walker, MKCHS’ Managing Director, said: “Providing dignity in care is a top priority for all our staff. We are so proud of their commitment; they work very hard to provide quality care for their patients. The People’s Choice: Dignity in Care Award is an excellent way of recognising their hard work.

“The award is also a good way for a patient to say ‘thank you’ to a community health care worker who has made a positive difference to their care. I hope local people will take a few minutes to complete the simple form. We are looking forward to reading your nominations.”

The award is part of MKCHS’ wider staff awards. Our staff have also been invited to nominate colleagues for a range of awards including patient safety, best team member, leadership, mentoring and transforming services.

All nominations will be judged by an independent panel, including MKCHS’ non-executive directors, a staff representative and a member of the Local Improvement Network (LINks). The winners of the staff awards are given a certificate and trophy, but do not receive a financial award.