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Nursing Times celebrates 60 years of the NHS

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Over the next six months NT will help you celebrate the sixtieth birthday of the NHS with a range of stories, features and a special pull-out magazine supplement in July.

Huge strides have been made by both the health service and the nursing profession in the last 60 years. Nurses are no longer seen as the doctors’ handmaiden.

Instead they are leaders and innovators in the service. They are diagnosing, prescribing and designing new services to provide more holistic care.

All these achievements have meant a better service for patients – a feat that is undoubtedly worth celebrating.

It is these achievements NT will help you to celebrate over the next six months with a range of stories, features and a special pull-out magazine supplement in July.

Our regularly updated website will give you everything you need to be part of the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

Log-on to to find out what nurses thought of the NHS in its inaugural years, see memorabilia including adverts, pictures, exam papers, flick through NT form 1948 and share your views about the service.

Each month NT will chart the development of nursing practice, the changes in government policy and get first-hand stories from nurses working in each of the six decades since 1948.

And to mark the birthday of the NHS in July, a special 28-page souvenir supplement will include…………………..

  • 60 key milestones in nursing over the last 60 years

  • Interviews with nurses who qualified in 1948 and 2008

  • Training: from on-the-job education to three-year degrees

  • How the image of nursing has changed over the last 60 years

  • The working environment: from old Victorian hospitals to modern community-based clinics

The NHS is not perfect. It never will be. But its diamond anniversary is a prime time to recognise the huge public service that has been provided by the NHS and its nurses over the last 60 years. By seeing just how far we’ve come, we can find the impetus to keep striving for more.

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