The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018.
It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to talk about the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information, and to thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are always there to greet, advise and care for us.
We will look at the radical thinking that led to the creation of the NHS, the breakthroughs which have transformed our health and wellbeing and how the service is evolving to meet our future needs, including the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information.
We are all proud of our NHS. It has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives. It is thanks to the NHS that we have all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant. The NHS continues to drive innovations in patient care, including mechanical thrombectomy to improve stroke survival, bionic eyes to restore sight, and surgical breakthroughs such as hand transplants. Looking to the future, the NHS is becoming more integrated and investing in new medicines, genetic research and digital technologies like apps and artificial intelligence, which will ensure we continue to live longer and healthier lives.
None of this would be possible without the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, as well as the many volunteers, charities and communities that support the service. The NHS is UK’s largest employer, with over 1.5 million staff from all over the world and more than 350 different careers.
Join in the Celebrations
Come along to our NHS 70th birthday party on Thursday 5th July 2018, 10.30am to 2.30pm at Brierley Hill Civic Hall
All those who are able to attend will receive a NHS70 souvenir to mark the occasion.
Share your stories
Did you work for the NHS? Or have you been treated by the NHS and want to share your stories? If so we would like to hear them and see any photos you have of the NHS from over the years?
Please send them to us at
We can all play a role in supporting the NHS in this special birthday year. This could be by volunteering, raising money for local NHS charities, or by taking steps to look after our own health and use services wisely.
Primary School children in Dudley are invited to take part in our NHS of the future drawing competition, the attached letter has been sent to all local schools.
The closing date for entries is Friday 29th June 2018.
Completed entries should be sent to:
Communications & Public Insight
Brierley Hill Health & Social Care Centre
If you are able to scan your entries, please email them to Lindsey.Harding@nhs.net
Please ensure your entries include the name of pupil and school.
All entries will be judged by a local GP and the Chief Executive of Dudley CCG on Thursday 5th July 2018 at our NHS70 Celebration Event.
Teachers and children are invited to come along to hear the winning school announced who will receive a prize for their school.
We would also like you to join in the celebrations and find out more about the history of the NHS, working in the NHS and our exciting plans for the future.
If you would like to attend with children from your school or would like more information about the day, please email Lindsey.Harding@nhs.net
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