Happy birthday NHS

 Lucy Muchina 9 Jul 2020

Time has flown so fast that it seems only the other day that we celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS. The memories of that momentous occasion still linger for me.

NHS lanyards

With pomp and ceremony celebrations took place across the UK to mark the event, yet here we are two years on. 

The NHS has been providing free at the point of delivery health care for those in need since its creation in 1948. The NHS will have touched the lives of everyone of us. From cradle to grave, the NHS is a vital part of our journey. 

Sunday 5 July 2020 marked the 72nd anniversary of the National Health Service. We saw the prime minister thank the staff who recently helped saved his life and continue to save the lives of many others. We all joined with the nation for one last time to clap for our carers. 

I personally took a moment to reflect on the people who make the NHS what it is. Those people, without whom the NHS could not be the great institution it is. The NHS is staffed by a hugely diverse workforce of health professionals and support workers including doctors, nurses and nursing staff, allied professionals, accountants, porters and so many other essential workers. It is these people who make the difference for us all, every day.

Nurses and nursing staff are the single largest professional group in the NHS. We, the RCN, proudly represent this professional group. They have worked tirelessly, day and night, doing all they can to provide excellent care to the most vulnerable in our society, throughout this pandemic – they did so before and will continue to do so, professionally and with expertise. 

As the nation celebrates the 72nd birthday of the NHS, join me in celebrating the people, the NHS staff, who make the NHS the remarkably successful and important institution that it is.

Lucy Muchina

Lucy Muchina

Regional Director, RCN South West

Lucy is a registered nurse with extensive experience working in the South West.

She has over 21 years’ experience spanning acute and community health settings, including nursing homes. 

Lucy qualified as a registered nurse and midwife in Nairobi, Kenya in 1992 before moving to England. Her postgraduate qualifications include a BSc in Health and Community studies and an MSc in Public Health, both from the University of the West of England. She has also completed her training as a public health practitioner.

In addition to the clinical roles Lucy has undertaken during her career she has worked for several years in senior safeguarding roles in acute and community health settings including the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.


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