Celebrating the NHS’s 70th birthday – NHS 70

On Thursday 5 July the NHS turns 70. The birthday is an opportunity to say a special thank you to our staff and volunteers, and to recognise their hard work and commitment.

It’s also an opportunity to: look back over the last 70 years and recognise the NHS’s key milestones and achievements; outline our plans for the future including new technology and other innovations; and, to have a conversation about the challenges we face.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with a wide range of partners to mark the occasion, including other national NHS bodies, Royal Colleges, local government, public health, unions, patient representatives, charities and the devolved nations.  We have also been working closely with colleagues across the NHS, for instance in trusts and clinical commissioning groups.


At a national level, we are planning a range of events to thank staff and volunteers, including ceremonies at Westminster Abbey and York Minster (we will write to you separately to ask for names of staff to attend). The Royal Mint has also launched an NHS 10p coin.

In addition, we are working with two national projects – funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Wellcome Trust – to collect and share the stories and memories of NHS staff and patients.

We have also launched a dedicated website which includes information about how people can get involved with the birthday and show their support for the NHS, for instance by volunteering, giving blood or taking care of their own health.

Local and regional

We are particularly keen for local and regional NHS bodies to get involved and, working with NHS communicators, we have developed materials to support trusts, clinical commissioning groups and others to organise the following:

  • Open days
  • Exhibitions
  • Staff awards
  • Competitions for children and young people
  • Tea parties.

Inspiring the Future

To mark the birthday, we have teamed up with Health Education England and the charity, Inspiring the Future, to make it easier for NHS staff to connect with local schools to give talks about their career and the NHS. This is a great way to inspire children and young people to think about working in the NHS. We would encourage your organisation to get involved and share information with your staff.

For more information

Please do not hesitate to contact us via england.nhs70@nhs.net if you have any questions.