NHS 70 Celebrations in the School of Nursing and Midwifery
Recently Staff, students and clinical partners in the School of Nursing and Midwifery celebrated the NHS at 70 with an afternoon tea. Wendy Nicholson, National Lead Nurse for Children, Young People and Families and deputy of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery spoke on the Future of the NHS.
The event was launched by the Head of School, Dr Patricia Owen, who highlighted the start of the NHS with the Beveridge Report of 1942 and showed a film of some of the changes since its start in 1948. Dawn Johnson, Head of Continuing Professional Development in the School had footage of her interview with a local nurse, now in her 90s who shared some of her memories of the early days in the NHS.
Students led the focus on the Present of the NHS which included a poem by Mairead Hill about the NHS and her experiences as a first year student nurse. Jaspreet Shergill, John Phillips, Elizabeth Cheal and Sam Beech also shared their experiences of their learning in the NHS and the strong positive effect their wonderful mentors had on them.
Wendy Nicholson, National Lead Nurse for Children, Young People and Families and deputy of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery spoke on the Future of the NHS with an emphasis on public health and health promotion. Professor Pauline Walsh summed up the presentations with views from her own experiences working in the NHS.
Those attending the event commented on the excellent presentations especially by our students . An afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes was enjoyed by all and provided opportunity for networking and viewing the posters boards depicting the past present and future of midwifery and adult, childrens', mental health and learning disability nursing. We all had a lovely celebration of our marvellous NHS.