I was delighted to be able to visit the Broad Lane Walk-In Centre today to present their Lead Nurse, Helen Clements, with a nomination certificate for the NHS70 Awards taking place later this week.

July 5 marks 70 years since the NHS was created, an enduring legacy of the post-war Labour Government and one of our country’s proudest achievements. Despite years of neglect under this Government we’ve seen its staff continue to work their hardest to provide world-class care, free at the point of use – it’s something of which we can all be proud.

While GPs and A&Es tackle their funding problems, urgent treatment centres like Broad Lane provide vital capacity for care every day of the year - I’m committed to making sure we keep an urgent treatment centre in the city centre where it’s easy and quick for people to access.

The CCG will be narrowing down their options for what will happen to urgent care in Sheffield at a meeting this month, before a final decision in the autumn – you can have your say on your preferred options here.

My full list of nominations was:

Lifetime Achievement Award – Susan Rutherford, Sheffield CCG

Patient and Public Involvement Award – Ann Hurley, Sheffield Community Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team

Excellence in Mental Health Care Award – Community Enhanced Recovery Team (CERT)

Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award – Helen Clements, Broad Lane Walk-In Centre

Care and Compassion Award – Claire Jepson, Sheffield Health and Social Care Foundation Trust

Person Centred Care Champion – Iolanthe Fowler, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Healthier Communities – Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team (START)

Excellence in Primary Care – Andy Hilton, Darnall Primary Care Centre