Healthwatch - NHS 70yr birthday celebration event

Closed 25 Jul 2018

Opened 24 Jul 2018

Results Updated 15 Apr 2019

As The third Healthwatch Stockport Network Event of 2018 was held on Thursday 24th July at St Catherine’s Church in Heald GreenJuly 5th marked the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we decided to host a special NHS70 Party.

As well as inviting guest speakers, we encouraged attendees – which included representatives from the North West Ambulance Service, the BHA and local councillors - to share their memories of the NHS and thoughts and feelings about why they care about the service.

Doors opened at 1pm with refreshments and local a cappella quartet the ConCords welcoming guests with their harmonies.

There was also a display feature pictures and facts about the NHS both nationally and in Stockport throughout the decades – including ‘now and ten’ shots of Stockport nurses, Stepping Hill departments and special visitors – and a slide show of historic pictures and news.

Healthwatch chief executive Maria Kildunne opened the day and introduced the speakers.

A packed out hall of around 100 people heard from guest of honour Jackie Burn, a retired nurse and valued Healthwatch Stockport member, Sarah Clarke from Public Health, corporate lead nurse Pauline Enstone and former senior nurse, NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group manager Cath Comley.

They all spoke about their experiences working within the NHS, with Sarah talking about the way in which public health campaigns have evolved over the years – including some amazing pictures of old campaign posters – and how the way the population of Stockport has benefited from these campaigns over the years.

Pauline also spoke about how nurses and their patients have changed over the generations and shared an amazing photograph of Stockport’s first NHS team and some of its current team.

Cath spoke about her NHS life experiences, from being a student nurse and some of the fun pranks that were played on students back then, to being a bed manager, right through to her current role as a senior manager at the CCG. 

During the event members of the public shared their stories of the NHS, and were happy to hear from not only people who have benefitted as patients but also former NHS staff members too.

Guests could also fill in special ‘speech bubble’ cards to share their feedback on why they care about the NHS.

Comments made included:

·       “We are so lucky in this country to have such a wonderful service, long may it reign!”

·       “I was born in the first year of the NHS. I and my daughter would not have survived her birth without it.”

·       “You know it’s there when you need it. No matter who you are.”

·       “It’s always there in your hour of need. From birth to death.”

The occasion was also an opportunity to celebrate the contribution Healthwatch Stockport’s members, who give up their time for free to help support the work of the organisation in improving health and social care for the people of Stockport.

Chair Sue Carroll and member Mike Lappin received Lifetime Patient Champion awards and Jackie Burns received an award in recognition and appreciation for her Outstanding Contribution to Care.

After the presentations, guests enjoyed an Afternoon Tea of sandwiches, cakes, scones and fresh fruit all served up with plenty of tea and coffee.

Young Stockport musicians Lucy& Izzy performed for the crowd as they enjoyed the food and relaxed in the hall before the ConCords returned to close the event.

We would like to thank all of the guest speakers we welcomed, and all our visitors and members that attended. We hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did!

Did you attend the day or miss the chance to get along?

We would like to make a record of Stockport’s NHS stories! We want to hear from anyone who shared their story with us on the day or who did not get a chance to but would like to share their story. You can speak directly to our team on 0161 974 0753 or email us at info@healthwatchstockport.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

Overview

Healthwatch Stockport Network Event of 2018 was held on Thursday 24th July at St Catherine’s Church in Heald Green.

As July 5th marked the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we decided to host a special NHS '70' Party

 

 

Why We Are Consulting

As well as inviting guest speakers, attendees will include representatives from the North West Ambulance Service, the BHA and local councillors - to share their memories of the NHS and thoughts and feelings about why they care about the service.

Doors open at 1pm with refreshments and local a cappella quartet the ConCords welcoming guests with their harmonies.

There will also be a display featuring pictures and facts about the NHS both nationally and in Stockport throughout the decades – including ‘now and ten’ shots of Stockport nurses, Stepping Hill departments and special visitors – and a slide show of historic pictures and news.

What Happens Next

Healthwatch Chief Executive Maria Kildunne opened the day and introduced the speakers.

A packed out hall of around 100 people heard from guest of honour Jackie Burn, a retired nurse and valued Healthwatch Stockport member, Sarah Clarke from Public Health, corporate Lead Nurse Pauline Enstone and former senior nurse, NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group manager Cath Comley.

They all spoke about their experiences working within the NHS, with Sarah talking about the way in which public health campaigns have evolved over the years – including some amazing pictures of old campaign posters – and how the way the population of Stockport has benefited from these campaigns over the years.

Pauline also spoke about how nurses and their patients have changed over the generations and shared an amazing photograph of Stockport’s first NHS team and some of its current team.

Cath spoke about her NHS life experiences, from being a student nurse and some of the fun pranks that were played on students back then, to being a bed manager, right through to her current role as a senior manager at the CCG.

 During the event members of the public shared their stories of the NHS, and were happy to hear from not only people who have benefitted as patients but also former NHS staff members too.

Guests could also fill in special ‘speech bubble’ cards to share their feedback on why they care about the NHS.

Comments made included:

·       “We are so lucky in this country to have such a wonderful service, long may it reign!”

·       “I was born in the first year of the NHS. I and my daughter would not have survived her birth without it.”

·       “You know it’s there when you need it. No matter who you are.”

·       “It’s always there in your hour of need. From birth to death.”

The occasion was also an opportunity to celebrate the contribution Healthwatch Stockport’s members, who give up their time for free to help support the work of the organisation in improving health and social care for the people of Stockport.

Chair Sue Carroll and member Mike Lappin received Lifetime Patient Champion awards and Jackie Burns received an award in recognition and appreciation for her Outstanding Contribution to Care.

After the presentations, guests enjoyed an Afternoon Tea of sandwiches, cakes, scones and fresh fruit all served up with plenty of tea and coffee.

Young Stockport musicians Lucy& Izzy performed for the crowd as they enjoyed the food and relaxed in the hall before the ConCords returned to close the event.

We would like to thank all of the guest speakers we welcomed, and all our visitors and members that attended. We hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did!

Did you attend the day or miss the chance to get along?

We would like to make a record of Stockport’s NHS stories! We want to hear from anyone who shared their story with us on the day or who did not get a chance to but would like to share their story. You can speak directly to our team on 0161 974 0753 or email us at info@healthwatchstockport.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

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