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UHDB Energy Monitor, Joe Sim, honoured in NHS Parliament Awards

Joe Sim being honoured

The NHS in the Midlands has today revealed the ten individuals and teams it has chosen as regional champions for the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards.

We are so proud to announce that Joe Sim, Energy Monitor at UHDB has been awarded The Life Time Achievement Award after being nominated by Amanda Solloway MP.

At 80 years old, Joe’s passion for the NHS hasn’t gone unnoticed and he’s become a well-respected figure across the Trust. Most notably, in 2009, despite being ‘retired’ for 10 years, Joe played an instrumental role in moving acute services from Derbyshire Royal Infirmary to the now Royal Derby Hospital. He worked with colleagues to outline the benefits of the move, knowing that he could help to build a bigger and better hospital which was easier to access for patients. In his spare time, Joe also volunteers for the hospital’s League of Friends, delivering newspapers to patients on the wards. Joe has been working in hospitals throughout Derbyshire for 58 years.

When told that he had won, Joe said: “I’m absolutely amazed that I have been awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award. I can’t believe I have been rewarded for something that I have thoroughly enjoyed doing for the whole of my life – I see my job as a hobby – I get up and I enjoy it every day and the people that I get to work with, they’re fantastic.

“I am currently shielding at home because of the virus and I’m very much missing the positive buzz of the Royal Derby Hospital corridors and the warm, friendly faces.”

Dr Nigel Sturrock, Regional Medical Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands, said: “I was impressed by the high standard of all entries from the Midlands this year and choosing between the dozens of teams and individuals who all go above and beyond, to go forward and represent our region, has been incredibly difficult. I wish our champions the best of luck in the national heats and will be rooting for them on the day.”

Joe will now go head to head with other winners from across the country to be judged by a national panel made up of senior leaders representing staff and patients, for the chance to win the prestigious national award which will be presented at a special ceremony in the House of Commons on the 7 July 2021.