Dr Devina Maru has been named this year’s National Health Service (NHS) Rising Star as the UK Parliamentary Awards celebrate the 75th anniversary this week.
Dr Maru, National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow, has been helping to increase training on deafness through her passion for reducing inequalities to improve access to care for those who need it most, NHS England said.
This year's winners include staff who have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to speed up diagnosis for thousands of heart patients in Sheffield, an integrated frailty service reducing pressure on hospitals in Warwickshire, and a Reproductive Trauma Service supporting pregnant women with mental health challenges in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
“It is thanks to the doctors and nurses, the porters and the cleaners, social care workers, physiotherapists, ambulance crews – and everyone else – that the NHS continues to be our national treasure,” said UK Health Secretary Steve Barclay.
“So much has been achieved within healthcare over the past 75 years, and they are helping to build a stronger, healthier service for the long-term,” he said.
A special video message from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was also played at this year’s awards, which have helped highlight the innovation of NHS staff across the country. Sunak also made a special reading at a Westminster Abbey ceremony to mark the NHS milestone.
“Happy Birthday NHS@75. We celebrate the dedication of our members and all healthcare professionals who work, or have worked, in the NHS,” said the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) UK.
“Let's not forget the NHS wouldn't have survived to celebrate 75 years without its migrant workforce including Windrush,” added Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) Racial and Ethnic Equality Forum.
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