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NHS 70 - Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

Celebrating doctors

Throughout the NHS, each day of their professional lives, doctors and medical practitioners demonstrate bravery and exceptional devotion to their patients.

We highlight a couple of exceptional examples from the BMA’s Book of Valour that have occurred during the lifetime of the NHS.


Hero doctors:
The BMA Book of Valour - Remembering acts of heroism by doctors

Hero doctors
The BMA Book of Valour –  remembering acts of heroism by doctors


The BMA Book of Valour: Dr Charles Eric Rhodes


BMA Book of Valour

Read entries from the BMA's Book of Valour

Download the book


Join the celebration!

  • What is NHS 70?

    The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

    Patient and public participation is important because it helps us to improve all aspects of health care, including patient safety, patient experience and health outcomes – giving people the power to live healthier lives.

    As one of many organisations partnered with NHS England, we'll keep you informed about initiatives taking place at the BMA and around the country, and tell you how you can get involved.

    Read the background

    Visit NHS 70


  • Get involved

    We'll update this section regularly with ways that you can help celebrate the NHS turning 70.


    Key dates

    Take a look at the key dates for the NHS’s 70th birthday. This page will be updated on a regular basis, including further information about how people can get more involved.

    Celebration timeline



    BMA poster competition - Collaboration with patients



    Whoever you are and whatever you do, there are many ways to get involved.

    NHS, health and care organisations

    Teachers and educators


    Pledge to use NHS services widely

    You can pledge to use NHS services responsibly by making a commitment and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter:

    • I will attend all my NHS appointments
    • I will call NHS 111 when I have an urgent health care need
    • I will visit my local pharmacist for clinical advice for minor health concerns.

    Take the pledge


    Get social

    Join the conversation on social media using #NHS70

  • News and blogs

    We update regularly with blogs, news and media releases about events and initiatives taking place across the country.

    Read news

    Objectives for the NHS 70th birthday celebrations

  • Videos

    We think you'll like these videos and animations about the NHS 70 celebrations.



  • Resources

    Download badges, logos and ribbons for your website, email signature and social pages.

    NHS 70 branding



    Get new resources from NHS England each month

    Resources timeline