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Black Country Pharmacist wins national NHS Parliamentary Award

Olutayo Arikawe 003Olutayo Arikawe, The Priory Community Pharmacy in Dudley, West Midlands was today (10 July 2019) honoured in Parliament as part of the NHS Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by FUJI Film and the Premier League, to recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

She won the Excellence in Healthcare Award category and was nominated by Ian Austin MP. She was among winners announced at the awards final ceremony held today at the Palace of Westminster’s Terrace Pavilion, hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor.

Since March MPs in England have been asked to nominate individuals and teams serving their constituents across 10 categories. Regional champions were selected in June, with the national winners chosen by a panel of senior leaders representing NHS staff and patients.

There were hundreds of nominations made by more than 230 MPs and Olutayo won her award for the way in which she takes the Priory Community Pharmacy right out into the community – holding prevention awareness events for falls, Type 2 Diabetes and cancer in care homes, workplaces and local colleges as well as organizing healthchecks on cholesterol and blood pressure.

Ian Austin MP for Dudley North said: "I am thrilled to see Olutayo recognised alongside today’s NHS Parliamentary winners. She encapsulates the amazing work of NHS staff and volunteers across the West Midlands. The NHS is a much-loved institution and it is people like Olutayo who help make it so. She is a passionate supporter and encourages the general well-being of her community. Her pharmacy is part of the fabric of the local community, a place people want to visit.”

Nigel Sturrock, Regional Medical Director NHS England and NHS Improvement (Midlands) said: “I am delighted to see a Midlands winner today. Olutayo Arikawe exemplifies the good things that can happen when people share their passion for healthcare. She lives and breathes the values of the NHS and this award recognises her excellent work. I would also like to pay tribute to all the other Midlands nominees whose amazing work and dedication is reflected in the way the NHS runs every single day.”

Local mum supports the launch of a new mental health service by sharing her experience of perinatal depression 

Suzanne Henson, a 26-year-old mum from Wolverhampton, is supporting the launch of a new Specialist Perinatal Community Mental Health Service in the Black Country, by sharing her experience of perinatal depression.

 The new mental health service set up in January this year provides care and treatment to new and expectant mums experiencing severe mental health difficulties.

Suzanne, a mum of two, suffered perinatal depression and anxiety during both of her pregnancies. Whilst pregnant with her second child, Suzanne’s midwife referred her to the specialist service. During her third trimester, she went into crisis and needed their support.

 “I was spiraling out of control with my thoughts and my emotions,” Suzanne said.

A GP and Wolverhampton NHS leader has been awarded an MBE in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List

HHibbsDr Helen Hibbs, Accountable Officer at NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) received the prestigious MBE award for services to NHS leadership. This includes leading WCCG to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by NHS England three years in a row. She will collect the award in person from the Queen later on this year.

Dr Hibbs, who lives in Wolverhampton with her husband Mike and two children, said she was ‘delighted’ at being awarded an MBE.

Residents invited to have their say on Primary Care in the Black Country

Residents in the Black Country and West Birmingham are being encouraged to have their say on primary care services, as local health organisations look to develop a joint strategy for how it will improve the care for patients over the next five years.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the Black Country and West Birmingham have worked together to organise four engagement events during May to capture the views and experiences of local residents.