Past, present and future health professionals to celebrate with the Coventry and Warwickshire community this International Nurses’ Day and International Day of the Midwife

Past, present and future Nurses, Nursing Associates and Midwives celebrating International Nurses' Day and International Day of the Midwife at Coventry Cathedral
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Thursday 11 May 2023

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Hundreds of past, present and future nurses, midwives and nursing associates from across Coventry and Warwickshire will march through Coventry city centre to celebrate International Nurses’ Day and International Day of the Midwife on May 12.

The people of Coventry and Warwickshire will have the opportunity to thank nurses, nursing associates and midwives from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board (ICB), South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and student nurses, nursing associates and midwives from Coventry University, for their work as they parade from Broadgate to Coventry Cathedral.

The parade starts at 10.00 am and a service will follow at the Cathedral with representatives from the local nursing, midwifery and nursing associate workforce giving speeches at the ceremony.

This celebration has always been an important one for us to acknowledge the incredible work nurses, nursing associates and midwives across the region do for our local community.

I am proud of what we have achieved with this event and how it continues to grow.

We started this tradition seven years ago to give our dedicated, hard-working past, present and future local nurses, nursing associates and midwives the time to come together, share stories and reflect on the positive impact they have on the local community as professionals.

We are passionate about nursing and everything it stands for.

Mandy Braimbridge, Deputy Chief Nurse at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, which co-ordinates this event

The theme of this International Nursing Day is “Our Nurses. Our Future” and the local NHS providers and Coventry University Group are currently working together with the aim of recruiting 1,000 adult nurses from the local area over the next five years.

We are extremely proud to co-present and compere this amazing event.

This year’s theme for International Nurses Day is ‘our nurses, our future’ which provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our colleagues hard work in the past and their continued efforts in giving great care. It is also a time to look forward and think about how we can learn from our experiences and find new ways to work and support our newly qualified nurses at the start of their career journey.

We look forward to marking this special day with the ceremony of ‘shining the light’ with the Lamp to recognise the unwavering dedication of all nurses and midwives and associates in health care of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Jamie Soden Deputy Director of Nursing and Clinical Transformation at Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board

We know how rewarding and challenging a career in nursing, midwifery and as a nursing associate is and this event is about celebrating them all - past, present and future.

This event showcases the community feel that our university and local NHS providers work hard to build and highlights how great a place Coventry and Warwickshire is to study, live and work in.

Our School of Nursing, Health and Midwifery is currently training 3,500 future health professionals, with the vast majority expected to go straight into the local workforce on graduation.

It is an honour to support these potential future leaders as they embark on their careers and we look ahead with pride knowing we give our courageous, caring, compassionate and committed students the scientific knowledge and skills to make a difference in their field.

Suzanne Hilton, Head of Coventry University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

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