Happy 70th Birthday to the NHS!

5 July 2018

As part of plans to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday, media medics and other high-profile speakers have volunteered their time to visit secondary schools and colleges in the UK this summer and help recruit the workforce of the future.

The NHS turns 70 today!

As part of the celebrations, leading figures in the NHS have been giving school talks to inspire and raise awareness about the abundance of careers that make up the service including, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, dentists and more, and to emphasise the importance of taking science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at school.

We are delighted to be taking part in the celebrations, showcasing the achievements of the service.

Here are some highlights from the talk series so far!


Paul May & Jane Mullin 

In May, Mr Paul May visited students at North Liverpool’s Alsop High School to showcase his work as a neurosurgeon. Students heard about the amazing innovations and work going on at the specialist neuroscience trust. They then got to try their hand at removing blood clots from the brain, using watermelons as substitute heads! Read more about Mr Paul May’s visit here!

“A brilliant day”

“Best science lesson ever”

“What a great bloke”


Michele Upton 

Head of Maternity and Neonatal Transformation Programmes, Michele Upton visited Harris Girl’s Academy in East Dulwich to speak to the students about the wealth of opportunities on the NHS. Thank you Michele!


Julia Holding 

We love this picture from Julia Holding’s talk at Wolgarston High School. Julia is the head of patient experience at NHS Improvement, which looks after the quality of care within the service.



Dr Keith Roberts

Dr Keith Roberts has worked in the NHS as a Consultant Liver Transplant, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon for five years. He attended Hereford Sixth Form College for his campaign talk.

Dr. Keith Roberts, said: “I was pleased to be able to visit Hereford Sixth Form College to explain how I became a surgeon and why I do it. I hope that by speaking to young people at a point when they are making critical decisions about their future that we can inspire them that a future career in the NHS and medical profession is worthwhile and rewarding.”

You can read more about Dr Keith Robert’s talk in the official press release here


Stephen Hart 

The MD of NHS Leadership, Stephen Hart, spoke to students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe for his campaign talk, to mark the 70th birthday of the service.


Claire Lemer

Claire Lemer is a Consultant in General Paediatrics and Service Transformation at the Eveline London Children’s Hospital, based at St Thomas, London.

She spoke to students at St Mary’s and St John’s School. The school said there was: ”Lots of ‘medical career’ chatter at break time!”


Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent

Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health. She is also visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University. Here’s what students had to say about Professor Dunkley-Bent’s talk:

“The talk was really interesting. I hadn’t considered how many careers are linked to being a midwife and what a good structure there is for this work”.


Dr Arvind Madan

Dr Arvind Madan has been a GP for 20 years and is the Director of Primary Care and Deputy National Medical Director for NHS England.

We love the student feedback!

”One student said that they did not realise that the NHS was such a big organisation!”

”Another student said he got them thinking for the first time about their future.”

Thank you Grey Court School for these pictures from the talk too:


Thank you to all of the speakers who have taken part in the campaign so far. We still have more talks to come so make sure you follow us on Twitter

Schools can also find out more about the lesson plan ‘Knowing your NHS’ and online resources for teachers and educators by visiting: https://www.nhs70.nhs.uk/get-involved/teacher-and-educators/