NHS 75th Anniversary

Celebrating 75 Years of our NHS: A Journey of Care and Collaboration

As we celebrate the 75th birthday of our National Health Service (NHS), we would like to take a moment to reflect on the incredible milestones achieved by this esteemed institution. The NHS has been a beacon of healthcare excellence, providing care and support to millions of people across the United Kingdom. At HealthTrust Europe, we have had the privilege of collaborating with the NHS, witnessing first-hand the dedication, compassion, and innovation that has driven its success.   

Join us as we commemorate this historic milestone and acknowledge the invaluable contributions of the NHS to the healthcare landscape.

A Legacy of Service 

Since its inception in 1948, the NHS has become a symbol of national pride and unity. It has transcended political boundaries and continued to deliver high-quality healthcare services to all, irrespective of their background or financial means. The tireless efforts of doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and support staff have saved countless lives and improved the well-being of millions.

Driving Innovation 

Innovation has been at the heart of the NHS’s journey. From pioneering surgical techniques to breakthrough treatments, the NHS has consistently pushed the boundaries of healthcare innovation. By embracing technological advancements, digital solutions, and research collaborations, the NHS has transformed patient care and made significant strides in disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Partnerships for Progress 

Collaboration has been a cornerstone of the NHS’s success. Public and private sector partnerships have played a pivotal role in enhancing the delivery of healthcare services. HealthTrust Europe  have had the privilege of working with the NHS, providing essential medical supplies, equipment, and services. Through these partnerships, we have witnessed the power of collaboration in achieving improved patient outcomes and operational efficiency.

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion 

The NHS has been a pioneer in fostering diversity and inclusion within the healthcare workforce. It recognises that a diverse workforce brings unique perspectives, experiences, and skills, ultimately enhancing patient care. By promoting inclusivity, the NHS has created an environment that celebrates differences and ensures equitable access to healthcare services for all.

Adapting to Changing Needs

Over the years, the NHS has faced numerous challenges, including demographic shifts, evolving healthcare needs, and unprecedented global crises. Yet, it has shown remarkable resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity. Whether it’s addressing pandemics, improving mental health support, or tackling long-term health issues, the NHS has consistently risen to the occasion, evolving to meet the changing needs of the population it serves.

On this momentous occasion of the NHS’s 75th birthday, we salute the unwavering dedication and commitment of the entire NHS. Their tireless efforts have touched the lives of countless individuals, bringing hope, healing, and comfort. Everyone at HealthTrust Europe is honoured to be part of the NHS’s journey, contributing to the shared goal of delivering exceptional healthcare services. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the NHS, working together to shape the future of healthcare in the years to come.

Happy 75th birthday, NHS! Here’s to many more years of excellence and compassionate care. 

Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

The National Health Service (NHS) and the delivery of free healthcare to those that need it has become part of Britain’s identity, and this year marks its 70th anniversary. HealthTrust Europe colleagues in Birmingham joined the national celebration with a fund-raising afternoon tea which raised £200 for NHS charities.

Partnering with NHS clinicians, heads of procurement and staff, HealthTrust Europe was proud to take this opportunity to celebrate their compassionate care, dedication and ongoing commitment. Wishing the NHS a happy 70th birthday.

Alison Parker, Co-Chair of the HealthTrust Europe GPO and Associate Director of Procurement at Warrington and Halton Hospitals said;

“The NHS is an amazing national institution that continues to deliver a fantastic service despite all of the challenges and pressures it is faced with on a daily basis. I am not only very proud to be a part of the NHS family but also passionate about the work that I and my procurement colleagues do to support such a valued British institution; the NHS is a beautiful thing.”

How We Work with the NHS

We’re proud to partner with the NHS and committed to delivering solutions that support the needs of public sector healthcare providers. We hold a strong and long-standing relationship with the NHS, working together to improve healthcare performance with our Group Purchasing Organisation Members. We are committed to developing and delivering solutions that support the needs of public sector healthcare providers, including acute hospitals and non-acute healthcare providers, to achieve their strategic objectives.

Join in the celebrations with Liverpool Women’s Hospital

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS and the Liverpool Women’s is joining in the celebrations with the rest of the country. We would like to invite you to get involved too.

The NHS is turning 70 on 5th July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to talk about the wide array of innovations being created by advances in health, and to thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are always there to greet, advise and care for us.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. The NHS70 celebrations across the country are reflecting on the radical thinking that led to the creation of the NHS and its founding principle of free high quality health care for all, how it’s evolved to meet our changing needs and the innovations we can look forward to over the next 70 years.
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust has proudly been treating NHS patients for more than two decades and we have a rich history of contributing to the continued improvement and evolution of women’s services in the region.

In 1985, Liverpool’s maternity and gynaecology hospitals came together to become the Liverpool Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit. This was followed in 1995 when all main services for women and babies moved to our existing site at Crown Street and we became Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust.
Since then we have seen an endless range of improvements, innovations and firsts at Liverpool Women’s.
As well as becoming Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust in 2005, in the last 23 years we have delivered 180,000 babies, undertaken 200,000 gynaecology procedures, and cared for 20,000 babies on our Neonatal Unit.

We have recruited 20,000 patients to clinical trials, performed 70,000 appointments for patients with genetic conditions, and our Hewitt Fertility Centre has carried out 30,000 IVF cycles. Over the last 5 years our Liverpool Women’s Charity has also generated almost £1m to support our services.

These are just a small number of examples of how we have contributed to the NHS at 70.

Join us and be part of our NHS70 celebrations

We are inviting all of our members, volunteers, staff, patients and visitors to join us on Thursday 5th July between 11am-3pm when the following activities (and more) will be taking place…

  • NHS archive – photography and artwork display from the last 70 years
  • Performances by 40s style singer
  • NHS Big7tea with the Liverpool Women’s Charity – raising a cuppa around the country – open to the public 11am-1pm
  • Display stands from services across the Trust showcasing their department’s work
  • Great NHS Cake Off competition (staff event)

To find out more about Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust click here.

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HealthTrust Europe Celebrates International Nurses’ Day 2018

Saturday 12th May 2018, was International Nurses’ Day. The day is an opportunity to recognise and reflect upon the contribution that caring nurses and allied health professionals make to people’s lives all around the world. To mark the occasion, HealthTrust Europe (HTE) colleagues in Birmingham had a blue-themed dress down day and a bake sale to raise money for the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) Foundation and Duchenne UK on Friday 11th May. A total of £404 was raised, which will be shared equally between both organisations.

Deepa Korea, Head of Foundation, RCN Foundation, said;

“Every day, thousands of people rely on the care provided by nurses, midwives and health care assistants. The RCN Foundation is firmly committed to providing vital support to the nursing team when they need it most. Donations such as yours are essential to helping us to achieve our aims. Thank you so much for helping us to make a positive difference to the lives of so many nurses, midwives and health care assistants”.

Katie Waller, a Research Nurse for the Royal Victoria infirmary in Newcastle said;

“I joined the muscle team as a Research Nurse in Newcastle in September 2016. My role is funded by Duchenne UK and Joining Jack, and was introduced to help increase trial capacity for patients with DMD as part of the ‘Newcastle Plan. I am so grateful to have been funded by Duchenne UK and Joining Jack and thoroughly enjoy working in a role which allows me to develop my clinical skills as well as specialist knowledge into the condition which I can then share with our patients”.

This year, International Nurses’ Day took place in the same week as Hospital Week in the U.S.A. Milton Johnson, Chairman and CEO of HCA Healthcare, also shared a special message with employees of the group;

“Please join us in thanking our nurses for the critical role they play in caring for our patients. While these are events we celebrate each year, they take on added significance in 2018: the year of HCA Healthcare’s 50th anniversary.
In 1968, HCA was established with a single 200-bed hospital – Park View Hospital, in Nashville, Tennessee. Since then, we have grown into an organization that offers access to quality, compassionate care across 20 U.S. states and the U.K. In nearly 30 million patient encounters each year, we put our shared mission into practice: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.
When Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., Dr. Thomas Frist Jr. and Jack Massey joined together to found HCA 50 years ago, their goal was to provide superior healthcare with warmth and compassion for patients, colleagues and communities. A lot has changed in 50 years, but each of you help ensure those core tenets are as relevant as ever in our hospitals, urgent care centers, physician practices, surgery centers and other points of care throughout the organisation.”

International Nurses’ Day is also close to the heart of Claire Moses, Director of Clinical Boards for HTE’s, Group Purchasing Organisation. Claire is a Registered Nurse (Adult), with previous experience gained in both the military and Neurology. Claire shared her thoughts on how HTE’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life is supported with clinical experience and knowledge;

“HTE supports nursing services in the communities that we serve by bringing together pockets of clinical excellence and inspiring clinical teams to deliver the best quality products to provide safe and effective patient care. We break down the barriers between procurement and the clinical teams in order for members to realise their goals.
This year is made more special, as we approach the 70th Anniversary of the NHS. Over the past 70 years the NHS has gone through significant change, each step of the way has been challenging. However, through the combined efforts of all staff, the NHS continues to strive towards providing excellent patient care.”

More about the RCN Foundation
The RCN Foundation is an independent charity which is part of the Royal College of Nursing Group. Their mission is to support and strengthen nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the public. The Foundation provides advice and financial assistance when members of the nursing profession are facing hardship. this could be caused by illness, domestic abuse or simply not being able to make ends meet. In 2017, they supported over 1,700 individuals who were facing hardship. 74% of grant recipients said that the grant had increased their independence.
The foundation also funds education and career development opportunities, alongside strategic, nursing-led projects that aim to improve patient care. Their current focus is supporting the nursing team working in a care home setting. Over the next three years, this will be expanded to focus on mental health and learning disability nursing.

More about Duchenne UK
Our chosen charity for 2018, Duchenne UK, is funding several nursing posts via the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) Hub. The aim of the DMD Hub is to ensure all patients have the chance to take part in a clinical trial, by increasing clinical trial capacity in the UK. The work of the DMD Hub includes a total of three years of funding for a Clinical Research Nurse at the Royal Victoria infirmary in Newcastle and two years of funding for a Clinical Trials Nurse at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. The £202 we are donating will cover the funding for a nurse for one day.