Proud to play our part – the NHS at 70

July 5 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS), which was launched in 1948 by the-then health secretary, Aneurin Bevan.

It was the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella to provide services for free at the point of delivery.

The University has played a vital role in helping the NHS fulfil its original goals across a number of different projects and partnerships, including a clutch of courses designed to train tomorrow’s NHS frontline staff.

The School of Health Sciences and Social Work trains nurses, paramedics, operating theatre practitioners, radiographers, and optometrists, and the Dental Academy, with King’s College London, trains dentists, dental therapists, dental nurses and dental hygienists, as well as the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.

Both Schools also provide advanced continuing professional development (CPD) courses to NHS professionals across the region.

Dean of Science, Professor Sherria Hoskins, said: “I am so proud of the University’s key role in helping train staff for such important roles in our society. I’m proud, too, that our staff have built such strong research partnerships across the NHS to help develop life-saving and life-enhancing advances in NHS care.

“We will do our utmost to ensure that across the University we continue to play a vital role in helping ensure the NHS stays fit for service for the next 70-plus years.”

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