Pennine Care staff attend national NHS 70 events

NHS 70 small imageA number of national events have been held to celebrate the NHS 70 birthday.

The following members of staff were selected to represent the Trust at Westminster Abbey, York Minster and a garden party thrown by the Prime Minister.

Westminster Abbey

Clare Parker, Executive Director of Nursing, Professional Leadership and Quality Governance; Michelle Kirkman, nurse at Bealey Community Hospital and and Sue Ellaway, Physiotherapy Technical Instructor at Bealey Community Hospital, attended a celebration at Westminster Abbey.

Chief Executive of NHS England, Sir Simon Stevens spoke about the vital role the NHS plays in people's lives, the commitment of staff and how the future of the NHS is largely in the hands of staff. Click here to read his full speech.

Attendees also heard from 15-year-old Freya Lewis, who underwent 13 operations and more than 70 hours of surgery after being seriously injured in the Manchester attack. She hailed the NHS as "the best thing in the world."

Testimonies were read by Olive Belfield, former nurse and NHS Retirement Fellowship; Jenny Grant, Paediatric Critical Care Nurse, at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, who provided care after the attack; and Martin Griffiths, Consultant Vascular/Trauma Surgeon from Barts Health NHS Trust, who treated victims of the London Bridge terror attack.

Clare said: "It was a glorious day in London and everyone looked fantastic!

"I joined the NHS as a student nurse in 1993 and I was personally very proud to be attending the celebration service. Susan and Michelle both looked fabulous and I am certain they enjoyed the experience too."

All attendees received a special certificate. Click here for a copy of the full order of service​.

York Minster

Meanwhile, on the evening of 5 July, Julie Jakeman and Julie Scrymgeour​ both from Healthy Young Minds, along with non-executive director Dr Julia Sutton-McGough attended a special event at York Minster.

They heard performances from several choirs, including the B Positive Choir, which reached the final of ITV's Britain's​ Got Talent. They also got the chance to sing a few songs!

Julia said: "We all enjoyed the evening and were very proud to represent staff across Pennine Care. We were told each person in the audience represented over a thousand NHS members of staff. The three of us feel honoured to have each represented a third of Pennine care staff and feel it's important to acknowledge this!"

"We were struck by the camaraderie in the Minster; that real sense of coming together of closeness and loyalty to the NHS. The night was emotional and inspiring."

Key speakers included (former) Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt; Chief Executive of NHS Improvement, Ian Dalton; and Chair of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant. They spoke about the importance of the NHS continuing to be brave and bold and how positive changes around research and development are key to ensuring the next 70 years of the NHS.

There were also two very brave young people who came to talk about their experiences. One was a young carer for his father, who has bipolar disorder. The second shared their story about the support they received from the NHS following the Manchester attack.​

Garden party at number 10

On Wednesday 4 July, mental health nurse Janet Bowman attended a reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. The event included a key note speech by Teresa May. Click here to read her full speech

Janet said: "I was thrilled to be invited to attend the reception; it was a privilege and an honour to be there. It was so exciting and almost surreal to be walking up the street and to enter through the black door into the chequered hallway. I had to pinch myself to make sure it was real!

"We mingled and shared stories of our work and roles within the NHS over many decades; it was wonderful to meet so many dedicated and brilliant people.

"I was introduced to Mr Hunt and was presented with a commemorative badge to mark over forty years service in the NHS.

"The atmosphere was warm and sociable. It was a fabulous occasion and really special to celebrate seventy years of our wonderful NHS. Here's to the next seventy years!

"I will treasure the memories of the day, and thank the organisers and the team at Pennine Care for supporting me to attend."

Trust events

Lots of other staff across the Trust also attended various local and regional celebrations​. Click here to check out photos from various Trust events on our Facebook page.