NHS 247: Supporting NHS Employees

London, United Kingdom, March 05, 2009 --(PR.com)-- NHS247.com is the online portal dedicated to National Health Service (NHS) employees - giving them independent news, views and reviews from the UK healthcare sector.

A key part of the website is NHS 247 TV, the UK's most popular healthcare channel.

The UK's newest internet TV station began broadcasting in July 2008, and provides the most current NHS related news on the web, as well as exhibiting important NHS related TV programmes. NHS TV showcases a plethora of healthcare documentaries including exclusive one to one interviews with former Health Secretary’s of State such as, Alan Millburn and Patricia Hewitt, and Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

NHS TV also focuses on technical innovations within the healthcare sector and highlights the work of universities and companies working with the NHS. Other shows include 'E.R: Exclusive Report' which carries heavyweight features. David Cameron used the ER show to launch an attack on the proposed Polyclinics touted by Health Secretary, Alan Johnson. The channel runs 24 hours a day at www.nhs247.com and is accessed by an estimated 500,000 healthcare workers daily.

NHS 247 also allows professionals to keep their NHS life on track by enabling them to have their say on healthcare topics, and discuss other NHS issues on the NHS 247 forum. With NHS staff morale at an all time low, the purpose of the NHS 247 Forum is to provide NHS professionals with a chance to discuss and debate the issues that affect their working lives. With new NHS reforms and reviews very much at the forefront of government policy, the NHS Forum is also there for NHS employees to have their say on the new initiatives proposed, whether they think they will work, and how other improvements can and should be made.

For NHS 247.com to fulfil its purpose the Forum is completely independent, and is not beholden to any party affiliations or government organisations. This is so NHS employees can criticise, and voice their concerns and opinions without any fear of censure or reprisals.

With NHS staff facing the constant pressures of the credit crunch, NHS 247 launched the NHS 247 ‘Staff Discounts’ scheme to support NHS employees by offering them savings in high street shops. In a very short period of time the NHS 247 ‘Staff Discounts’ has become a firm favourite with NHS employees and the first point of call before they hit the high street. With exclusive deals, money saving essentials and a chance to treat themselves to life's little luxuries, NHS employees can enjoy great deals from high street retailers and businesses that want to help NHS staff stretch their pay packet.

NHS Discounts is a dynamic service and unique partnership where local businesses can support NHS personnel and NHS staff and their families can support local businesses.

With hundreds of local shops and businesses in over 120 locations around the UK, NHS 247 has prioritised 75 key product and service categories from the results of their extensive staff survey. NHS employees simply have to type in a postcode, location, or select a specific category and search… it’s that simple!

NHS 247 also acknowledges that more often than not, the heroic hard work, talent and commitment of all NHS staff and the achievements of the NHS go largely unnoticed.

With the introduction of the NHS 247 “Employee of the Month” award, NHS healthcare professionals can nominate their hard working colleagues to stand a chance to win fantastic prizes from weekend breaks at 5 star hotels to spa holidays.

Anyone who works for the NHS can be nominated and any member of staff can nominate a colleague. All nominations are considered equally for the prize and equal consideration is given to staff working behind the scenes such as hospital admin staff, GP receptionists, cleaners, porters, etc., as well as those who work in the front line such as GP's, nurses, doctors and surgeons. The one criteria is that they must have made an outstanding contribution that goes beyond the usual call of duty.

Every month, the NHS 247 newsroom, selects the employee of the month and presents them with their prize for the outstanding contribution they have made to the NHS. The winners are then announced on the NHS 247 website

With a membership of approximately 50,000 NHS employees nationwide, NHS247.com helps shape the professional development of healthcare workers and encourages entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, opportunities, and career guidance.

This will be the principle source for the Prime Minister to "listen and lead" on healthcare policy.

For all the latest NHS news, views and reviews visit www.nhs247.com

NHS 247
Adam Johnsan
020 8209 2848