Florence Nightingale commemoration event

04 July 2018

I was lucky enough to attend the Florence Nightingale commemoration event at Westminster Abbey to represent Wales, along with Karen Jewell (nursing officer for maternity and early years, Welsh Government), Amanda Holland (CPHVA deputy chair for Wales), Jean White (Chief Nursing Officer for Wales) – and hundreds of nurses and student nurses from all over the UK, as well as from the armed forces.

We felt proud to be nurses, especially this year when we are celebrating the NHS at 70 and the Windrush anniversary, which brought some of the first migrants to Britain to work in the newly formed NHS.

Intercessions included giving thanks for all who provide leadership in providing healthcare and in nursing, and also asking that support and compassion be shown to those most in need in challenging times. It was good to reflect and realise what an important role we have as specialist community public health nurses.

Michelle Moseley is Wales chair, CPHVA Executive.

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