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 came together to celebrate at one of four events across the country. The events showcased innovations and leadership in nursing and midwifery across the decades and looked to the next 70 years.

The events were led in partnership with a wide range of Arm’s Length Body organisations, stakeholders and partners, including 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 launched with a live streamed opening speech from Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England. Following the key note speech, Teresa Chinn MBE joined 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.

Professor Cummings’ speech and Teresa’s blogging session

The four regional events took 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).