Olutayo 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.”