Thousands of nurses once again celebrated International Nurses Day this year at the annual service to commemorate the life of Florence Nightingale in Westminster Abbey.
The service on Wednesday 9 May was attended by nurses, midwives and wide range of people with links to the professions.
Florence Nightingale scholar Claire Gibbs carried the lamp, which was escorted this year by student nurses from Liverpool John Moores University. Ms Gibbs is a senior research nurse based at James Paget University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust.
The nurses’ roll of honour – which records the names of British nurses who have died in conflict since the start of World War II – was carried by Sergeant Sarah Leonie Perkins, from Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service. She was escorted by three matrons-in-chief from the armed forces.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who has strong family ties to the nursing profession, gave the main address.
Health minister and former nurse Anne Milton also attended the service.