Family support worker from South Yardley wins lifetime NHS Our Health Heroes award
Written by Tristan Harris on November 28, 2018
A LONG-SERVING family support worker based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital has been given a lifetime achievement award as part of the NHS’ 70th anniversary Our Health Heroes Awards.
Helen King, who lives in South Yardley, has been at the two hospitals for more than 30 years.
She has dedicated her life to supporting young patients who have suffered from burns.
Helen impressed the judges with her lifelong commitment to her patients and she set up an informal support group ‘Enzo’s Friends’ which is the only paediatric service of its kind in the country.
Helen’s colleagues have recognised how important she is in the lives of her patients, thanks to the sheer number of them who have stayed in touch over the years.
Helen was presented with her accolade during a prestigious ceremony at the OXO2 in London.
The Lifetime Achievement #NHS70 Award, sponsored by Skills for Health and National Skills Academy for Health, was the last accolade of the evening and was introduced to the awards for the first time this year to coincide with the NHS’ 70th birthday celebrations.
Helen said: “I’m pleased to say I’ve won the gold award for lifetime achievement.
“I’m astounded, I’m absolutely astounded, I’m so shocked and humbled and really very emotional!
“I don’t feel that the award is mine – it’s definitely my patients’, it’s the children’s award, it’s not mine. I shall be the custodian of it.
“Our Health Heroes is a wonderful event and everyone who won an award is amazing, I felt so small and I couldn’t believe it, my stomach is still flipping.”
John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said: “Congratulations to Helen on being the winner of this year’s special award to celebrate #NHS70, the Lifetime Achievement award.
“Having read through the original nomination form and after hearing more about her work over the last 30 years I can see why Helen was chosen as the winner of this award.
“It was set up to celebrate those for whom a role in the health service is more than just a job – a fitting tribute to the NHS’s 70th birthday.
“Helen really is one in a million! She has dedicated her life to helping those who have suffered some of the most traumatic and life-altering burns injuries and it’s an honour to recognise her contribution not only to the lives of her patients but also to their families.”
Laura Roberts, Regional Director at headline sponsor Health Education England (HEE), said: “These award once again showcase the incredibly high standard of work and the vital role played by both apprentices and support workers. As the main sponsor of Our Health Heroes 2018 we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners.
“Support workers and apprentices are a key part of the healthcare workforce and, through our Talent for Care programme, HEE supports employers with their workforce supply. This is achieved via school engagement, volunteering, work experience, pre-employment activity, apprenticeships and access to higher education and the registered professions.”
For more information about the Our Health Heroes winners visit: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ohh-2018