Celebrating NHS70 in my home city

 Cecilia Anim CBE 9 Jul 2018 Cecilia Anim

Working in the NHS means being part of a service that delivers amazing, patient-centred care to millions of people.

Cecilia Anim at NHS70 demonstration
On Saturday 30 June I had the enormous privilege of speaking to thousands of people, who’d all come together to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday.
It was even more special to be celebrating in my home city of London, where I’ve worked as a specialist sexual health nurse for over 40 years – that’s more than half the life of the NHS!
Working in the NHS means being part of a service that delivers amazing, patient-centred care to millions of people – no matter what their history, their role in society, or their ability to pay.
It means being part of a service, which, over the past seven decades, has delivered huge advances in care, which have been shared around the world, including in my home country of Ghana.
Thanks to the advances in the care that we receive, we can all expect to live longer, presenting a significant challenge for the NHS to deliver the same level of care that our patients expect and deserve.
I’m confident that RCN members – including nurses, midwives and support workers – will rise to the challenge. I hope that governments and policy makers across the UK will do the same.
If we are to continue to enjoy a world class health service, we must do all we can to value the people at the heart of the NHS – that’s our staff – all 202 nationalities.
The NHS is an incredible place to work with first class facilities like world-leading stroke centres and specialist trauma centres.
However, all this would mean nothing without the staff on hand to support patients every step of the way.
Let’s not lose these talented people. Let’s value their contribution and do all we can to keep them in the NHS, while continuing to promote nursing as the rewarding and life-enriching profession that it truly is.
This was my message on Saturday, and it’s one that we should carry forward for the next 70 years and beyond.
Cecilia Anim

Cecilia Anim CBE

Former RCN President


Cecilia works as a clinical nurse specialist in sexual and reproductive health in London and specialises in family planning and aspects of women's health. She was elected RCN President in 2015, having been a member for more than 30 years, and was made a CBE in the 2017 New Year honours.

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