Together We're Better partners celebrate the NHS at 70

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NHS staff across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS in July, with over 30 events having already taken place across the patch.

The events have been hosted by the partners of Together We’re Better, which is made up of NHS and local government organisations, and mainly included tea parties, in keeping with the national NHS England Big7Tea theme. Tea parties have been held in various towns across the City and County, and included special guests, such as the Mayor of Tamworth.

Teams from the newly formed partner of Together We’re Better, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT), held tea parties across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, including the Leek Home First Team, which raised money to help cover the cost of surgery and rehabilitation for a local six year old boy with spastic displegic cerebral palsy.

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) hosted a time capsule burial event and held a birthday cake celebration in the atrium of Royal Stoke University Hospital, along with several other staff tea parties throughout Royal Stoke and County Hospital in Stafford.

Tea and cake were enjoyed by all at Harplands Hospital and the Darwin Centre in Stoke-on-Trent. The host organisation, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (NSCHT) also hosted its REACH staff awards to coincide with the 70th birthday celebrations.

Staff at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital hosted an Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatters tea party, and many other tea parties were held throughout the Trust. Some wards also dressed in vintage nursing uniforms and photographs were displayed to document the hospital through the ages.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council ensured that two well-known buildings in the city; Hanley Town Hall and the Regent Theatre, were lit up blue on 5th July to celebrate the occasion, joining the national #LightUpBlue social media campaign.

Six members of staff from the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) travelled down to London to attend the national celebration event at Westminster Abbey, which was attended by the Countess of Wessex and 2,500 NHS staff.

With yet more events still to take place, Together We’re Better is asking staff, patients and members of the public across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to think about what one thing they would like to see change in the NHS over the next 70 years, and one what thing they would like to keep/stay the same. People can share their answers with Together We’re Better on the Elesurvey website