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NHS 70 - Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

Sheffield children’s hospital 20 Oct 2016

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.

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Join the celebration!

  • Get involved

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


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

    NHS, health and care organisations

    Teachers and healthcare workers


    Pledge your support to NHS 70 youth volunteering

    Join the NHS 70 campaign to increase volunteering and social action by young people in health and care.

    Sign up now to engage young people to support their communities in health settings or their wider communities.

    Find out more about volunteering

    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.

    Objectives for the NHS 70th birthday celebrations

  • Videos

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  • Resources

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    NHS 70 branding



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