Awards launched to mark 70th birthday of spinal injuries centre

The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

A new awards scheme recognising staff at The National Spinal Injuries Centre has been launched to coincide with its 70th anniversary.

Sir Ludwig Guttmann, the spiritual father of the Paralympics, opened the centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on February 1 1944 and to honour his legacy, The Poppa Guttmann Trust has commissioned unique badges to be made which will be given to deserving staff.

The awards will take place every month and be based on votes from patients.

Names will be displayed on a roll of honour with a trophy and meal for two being won by the overall winner at the end of the year.

Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust is also holding Founder’s Day at the centre which will feature an overview of its history and plans for the future.

Assistant chief operating officer of the trust Sally Loring said the aim is to hold the event annually.

She said: “Founder’s Day is a true commitment to act in the spirit of Guttmann, to make consistent improvements by all who work in healthcare.”

Displays will include games, films and refreshments and can be found in the centre’s reception between 11am-3pm on Friday.




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