Celebrating 70 years of nursing, midwifery and care staff

On 3 July, just two days before the official anniversary of the launch of the NHS 70 years ago, nursing, midwifery and care staff will come together to celebrate at one of four events across the country. The events will showcase innovations and leadership in nursing and midwifery across the decades and look to the next 70 years.

The events are being led in partnership with a wide range of Arm’s Length Body organisations, stakeholders and partners, including but not limited to NHS Improvement, Health Education England, Public Health England, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives, Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Council of Deans of Health.

Each event will launch with a live streamed opening speech from Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England. This will immediately be followed by an opportunity for us all to link together, ask questions and reflect on our amazing achievements. Following the key note speech, Teresa Chinn MBE will join the live stream to showcase many innovative blogs written by nurses and midwives as part of our national #70nursebloggers and #70midwifebloggers initiative, launched by Professor Jane Cummings on Tuesday 24 April.

Delegate attendance at the actual events is limited but Professor Cummings’ speech and Teresa’s blogging session can be viewed on any internet connected device on NHS England’s website.

The four regional events will take place at the following locations

London Event

The Royal Horticultural Halls

Chair: Oliver Shanley, Regional Chief Nurse, NHS England and NHS Improvement (London region)

South Event

Reading Old Town Hall

Chair: Sue Doheny, Regional Chief Nurse, NHS England and NHS Improvement (South region)

Midlands and East Event

Crown Plaza Nottingham

Chair: Lynne Wigens, Regional Chief Nurse, Midlands and East, NHS England and Siobhan Heafield, Regional Chief Nurse, NHS Improvement (Midlands and East region)

North Event:

York Racecourse

Chair: Margaret Kitching, Regional Chief Nurse, NHS England and NHS Improvement (North region)

The events will also be tweeting throughout the day, each one having a dedicated hashtag and using the national NHS70 hashtag as well to collate the discussion.

If you use twitter, you can follow and contribute to the discussion on the day using #NHS70. In addition, if you are attending any of the regional events or would like to recognise or contribute to a specific discussion or session online, you can use the regional hashtag as well: