NHS Cheshire and Merseyside celebrates 75th anniversary
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NHS Cheshire and Merseyside is celebrating its first anniversary in the same week as the NHS turns 75.
On 5 July 2023 we mark 75 years of the NHS. Treating over a million people a day in England, the NHS touches all of our lives. When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system to be available to all, free at the point of delivery.
NHS Cheshire and Merseyside became one of 42 Integrated Care Boards (ICB) on 1 July 2022 tasked with improving patient outcomes by working closely with partners, including Local Authorities, to bring services closer together and reduce unfair differences in outcomes for the region’s communities.
Raj Jain, Chair of NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, said:
“It’s been a busy first year for NHS Cheshire and Merseyside and the wider NHS. I’m proud of the early progress we’ve made as we work towards our vision of working together so everyone in Cheshire and Merseyside has a great start in life and receives the support they need to stay healthy and live longer and we look forward to continuing working alongside our partners to further improve the services for our residents.
“It is great to be able celebrate with our staff in the same week as the NHS turns 75 and we will be doing that with Big Tea events in all of our offices across the week. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and partners past and present for their commitment to Cheshire and Merseyside’s residents.”
Graham Urwin, Chief Executive of NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, said:
“1 July 2022 provided us with an opportunity to get things right; to work together to make a real difference.
“I’m proud of the difference that has been made so far but I know there is still much to do. In the years ahead, I pledge that we’ll continue to work with as much enthusiasm, energy and passion as we have in our first year for the people of Cheshire of Merseyside.”
You can find out more about the difference being made across Cheshire and Merseyside as well as plans for the future on the. Cheshire and Merseyside website.
To mark the 75th anniversary, buildings, historic monuments and other high profile sites across the country are lighting up blue on the evening of 5 July.
Staff and volunteers, as well as local communities are also being encouraged to ‘parkrun for the NHS ’at parkrun events on Saturday 8 July or junior parkrun events on Sunday 9 July.
You can find out more about the celebration on the website.
In the build up to the first anniversary Cheshire and Merseyside staff have been explaining what the National Health Service means to them. You can read our staff profiles by following @NHSCandM on Twitter.