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
Join the celebration!
We'll update this section regularly with ways that you can help celebrate the NHS turning 70.
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.
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
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.
Objectives for the NHS 70th birthday celebrations
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NHS 70 branding
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