Community Engagement Team nominated for a national award
The District Council’s Community Engagement team are being hailed as Gloucestershire health care heroes after being selected as regional champions in a competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.
The team will now represent the South of England and vie with other regional champions for a prestigious national award.
The winner will be announced at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster on 4 July, hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors.
The team have been nominated in the ‘Healthier Communities’ award category by Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper, for their partnership working with the NHS locally and their support to local individuals, groups and voluntary community and social enterprise organisations in his constituency.
The Community Engagement Team supports hundreds of patients by providing targeted healthy lifestyle initiatives for Forest of Dean residents including social prescription; GP exercise referral scheme; falls prevention; and cancer, respiratory and cardiac rehabilitation. They have worked to raise awareness and promote dementia friendly communities, increased volunteering, and worked with wider health and social care teams across the district and beyond.
Councillor Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council said: “Congratulations to the Community Engagement Team for being selected as regional winners in the Healthier Communities category of the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards. This nomination is testament to the fantastic work carried out by the team in the local community.
“The team is committed to improving the lives of local residents by providing support and advice for health and well-being, community safety, children and young people and older and vulnerable people. They have formed invaluable links with individuals, organisations and community groups building on existing networks and they bring community elements together to address and solve local issues. Their work is so important and I wish them the best of luck with the national award on 4 July.”
For more information about the work of the Council’s Community Engagement Team visit our website.