Celebrating 74 years of the NHS
On 5 July 2022, the NHS will mark 74 years of service. This milestone is an opportunity to thank the generations of people who have made up the NHS workforce past and present, as well as highlight the exciting and challenging opportunities that a career in the NHS brings.
The last two years have shown, a career in the NHS can be challenging but also hugely rewarding. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, NHS staff have cared for around 680,000 seriously ill COVID patients, whilst at the same time coming together to deliver the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme. Now, staff are taking part in the most ambitious catch-up programme in NHS history to help clear the elective backlog.
The NHS offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference, whether you’ve always wanted to work in health or have never thought about it before.
To celebrate the NHS Birthday, we hear from some of our long service staff who have, collectively, worked in the NHS for over 170 years and who share why they are proud to work for the NHS, the challenges they have faced and highlights of rewarding careers. Read our long service staff stories here
Our services will be joining organisations all over the country to celebrate the NHS Birthday by taking part in the NHS Big Tea. This gives NHS staff, patients and communities a chance to come together for a moment of thanks after what has been a challenging couple of years, and to raise money to help the NHS go that bit further for our staff and patients. Make sure you join in the celebrations online by following #NHSBirthday on social media.