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Expo to celebrate NHS’s 70th

Jul 7

Written by: Del Meyer
07/07/2018 6:42 AM 

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As part of the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations, there will be a dedicated ‘NHS70 theatre’ at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on 5 and 6 September 2018.

Expo is the biggest NHS-led event in the calendar and includes more than 200 hours of speakers, workshops and sessions exploring the latest developments and innovations across health and social care.

Over the two days, delegates visiting the ‘NHS70 theatre’ will get to meet, and hear from, many of the inspirational people who have played a key role in marking the birthday – from retired staff who worked in the NHS on the day it launched to patients who have shared their personal stories of how the NHS saved or changed their lives. 

We’ll also hear from leading innovators who will offer a ‘tomorrow’s world view’ of what the NHS will look like when it reaches 100.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • 88-year-old Ethel Armstrong MBE who worked in the NHS as a nurse cadet on the day it launched
  • Aneira Thomas, who was the first baby born on the NHS and is named after Aneurin Bevan, the then Health Secretary
  • Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation at NHS England
  • 15-year-old Freya Lewis, who had to learn to walk again after she was caught up in the 2017 Manchester terror attack.

There will also be a special screening of BBC Wales’ To Provide All People, which was produced to mark the birthday.

Written by highly acclaimed poet Owen Sheers, To Provide All People takes us on a journey that weaves the extraordinary story of the birthing of Aneurin Bevan’s vision of free healthcare for all people with personal stories of the NHS in British society today.

Based on scores of interviews with NHS workers – ranging from brain surgeons to cleaners, To Provide All People, charts the emotional and philosophical map of what defines the NHS and the personal experiences at the heart of the service, and recognises its achievements and the challenges it faces.

The programme has a stellar cast, including Michael Sheen, Eve Myles, Martin Freeman, Jonathan Pryce, Celia Imrie, Michelle Collins and Tamsin Greig.

Watch the trailer.

For more information about the ‘NHS70 theatre’, including a full list of sessions and details about how you can attend, visit:

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