Nurses and midwives at the heart of the NHS anniversary
A blog by Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England and Executive Director at NHS England.
I am delighted to publish this blog today supported by Hilary Garratt CBE and Ruth May. We are pleased to highlight the many activities across the country during the week of the NHS birthday celebrations and I know many of you will be holding or taking part in a number of events in your own organisations.
As the NHS turns 70, I am proud to be leading the biggest nursing recruitment campaign since the creation of the NHS in 1948. The new campaign will look at the wide ranging career opportunities in the 21st century in a drive to recruit and retain more nurses and midwives.
As Chief Nursing Officer for England, I am also delighted to have worked closely with the RCNi and Nursing Standard to sponsor, on behalf of the UK wide Chief Nursing Officers, a publication that will celebrate 70 of the most inspirational nurses and midwives over last 70 years.
In addition to these key activities, Hilary, Ruth and I are supporting four regional events on 3 July, specifically aimed at celebrating the contribution and achievements of our professions over the last 70 years. The regional conferences will place our professions at the heart of the national celebrations, where more than 1,000 staff will be in attendance with many more joining the first hour via a web link
Many nurses and midwives have stepped up to the challenge and already more than 70 nurses and 70 midwives have helped to achieve more than our target of 70 blogs. Teresa Chinn of @WeNurses has collated the blogs into two Twitter moments that can be found online at #70nursebloggers and #70midwifebloggers.
Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England said: “I am delighted to have been asked to speak at the Midlands and East event, where, in addition to the livestreaming of Jane’s speech, a number of great speakers are lined up to showcase the work of our amazing, dedicated staff.”
Source: NHS England 25th June 2018