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Celebrating the 75th birthday of the NHS video transcript

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The 5th of July 2023 marks the 75th birthday of the NHS.

The NHS has truly been at the forefront of healthcare not just in the UK, but in the world, let’s take a look at some of the NHS firsts…

When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health care system to be available to all, free at the point of delivery.

The first CT scan on a human took place in 1971 as a way of better visualising the inside of the human body.

In 1978 Louise Brown was born. Louise was the first child in the world to be born through IVF.

In 1987 the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant took place in a joint venture by Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals.

In 2016 the NHS funded revolutionary bionic eye implants and Keith Hayman, who had been blind for 25 years, was one of the first people to be fitted with a bionic eye.

During the pandemic, the NHS played a crucial role in researching and finding the world’s first effective treatment for Covid-19 and making it available across every hospital the same day it was approved.

Our staff are proud to have played a part in this prestigious history. Healthcare Consulting was launched in 2013 as one of the first internal NHS consultancies and Healthy London Partnership, was launched in 2015, both of these teams joined together to form our current organisation.

Our Consultancy team have worked shoulder-to-shoulder across health and care systems, groups, trusts and regional and national NHS organisations, to deliver large-scale patient and process improvements. One example is our work supporting the Capital midwife programme, developed in response to the challenges faced by the over 6,000 midwifery workforce in London, and has included an award-winning anti-racism framework.

Communications and engagement is an important part of our consulting work, and we supported NHS England and the Greener NHS teams in their activities for COP 26, which included the launch of the world’s first zero-emission ambulance.

Our Partnership team was established in 2015 with the aim of making London the healthiest global city. This was a bold step by London health and care leaders to create a joint, citywide transformation unit to make progress on London’s population health challenges.

Our programmes have a daily impact on London life, from cancer services, mental health, children and young people’s health to homeless health and more. 

Thrive London is a partnership of organisations working together on public programmes such as Messages of Hope and suicide prevention. Good Thinking is a digital goldmine of NHS-approved advice and resources to tackle anxiety, stress, low mood, sleep problems and other concerns.

The homeless health programme works with partners to improve access to, experience of, and outcomes from healthcare for people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, in order to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities, and contribute to an end to homelessness.

Fast Track Cities is a global partnership formed of cities that are working towards a substantial goal – zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related stigma and zero preventable deaths from HIV-related causes.

And now, on this special day, our team have a message for the NHS.

Happy Birthday!

And thank you – to all the NHS staff, volunteers and partners, From the midwives who help bring us into the world, the GPs and pharmacists who are our first port of call when we are sick, the nurses, doctors and other staff who care for us in our times of need and everyone else for everything that they do.