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​Wandsworth Health and Care Hero Chosen to represent London in NHS Birthday Awards

A Wandsworth doctor, Dr Sian Job, has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent London in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS's 70th birthday.

As regional champion in the Patient and Public Involvement Award category, Dr Job will now vie with other regional winners from across England for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by IBM and Teva, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in February, it asked the region's MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across ten categories.

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The photo shows Dr Job with GPs, practice staff and the Chair of the patient's group at the Lavender Hill Group Practice which is one of the practices she has worked with to implement Productive Patient and Public Involvement for General Practice.  Left to right, Nargis Khan practice manager, Victoria Morris Senior receptionist, Brian Harris Chair of patients group, Dr Sian Job, Clinical Lead for Patient and Public Involvement at Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  and Dr Owen Carter GP.

Dr Sian Job, Clinical Lead for Patient and Public Involvement at Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who works alongside the Public and Patient Involvement manager, was nominated by the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP.

From over 750 entries, senior experts have chosen four outstanding nominations in each category, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out. 

Dr Job has delivered annual public and patient involvement workshops to GPs and staff in Wandsworth GP practices. These have been running for the last four years and aim to support practices to involve patients in improving patient care. They have resulted in practices making changes to better engage with patients, including the majority of practices carrying out annual visits to community groups to learn about them.  

Chair of Wandsworth CCG, Dr Nicola Jones said:

"Dr Sian Job, a  Battersea GP for over 30 years, has been leading the way in patient and public involvement for many years. Sian has experienced general practice pressures first hand, and developed 'Productive Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)', to support staff and clinicians to work with their patients in a way that benefits everyone.

"All staff in the GP surgery ask themselves 'How is it for the patient in front of me?' We encourage patients to have their say about local services, gaining valuable insights to improve healthcare. Staff also visit community groups, forging relationships and fostering common understanding."

The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP said:

"I am delighted that Wandsworth GP Dr Job has been named regional champion and that her work to involve patients and the public in improving health services in Wandsworth has been recognised.

"The NHS turns 70 on 5 July and the Parliamentary Awards aim to recognise the achievements of those working for and with the NHS.

"Through her work with GP practices Dr Job is helping to make sure patients and the public in Wandsworth can have their say about health services and I wish her the best of luck at the national awards ceremony."

All of the champions will now be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on July 4th, the day before the NHS's 70th birthday.

The ceremony will be hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP and TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors.

The regional champions will now go forward to a final stage of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, the Unison trade union, and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.