I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the 70 year anniversary and celebrate the NHS through my eyes.
It has come a long way since its beginnings in the 1940s. We have seen many reforms, white papers, innovations, models, policies, hospital closures and new PFIs in those years. For me I have witness extensive changes that only go to show that we have progressed for the better. The NHS still remains as one of the best health services in the world and that is due to the dedication, compassion and drive of its staff from nurses and doctors to domestics and porters. Everybody has their role to play in this ever changing health service which serves a population that is varied and multicultural with needs that are forever changing.
Through all of this we strive to deliver an excellent service to our patients making sure that the care we give is of the highest quality. Yes, we slip up but we get straight back up and continue to improve. I would like everyone who is involved in some way, shape or form to give themselves a pat on the back and say I did that. I do not mean this in a patronising manner one little bit. As a practising clinician working with an amazing team(s) of people I see the struggles and the achievements on a daily basis and without that where would the NHS be today.
So, please take a moment to enjoy what you have achieved whether you are on the shop floor, helping create an infrastructure that supports process or sitting in an office making things tick, make sure you embrace your efforts and achievements in the NHS.
Enjoy your weekend everybody!