Our shortlist

The Our NHS at 75 gallery is made up of 75 images, representing each year the health service has been caring for the public.
Here are the other 70 images in our shortlist.

Click through the five categories below to see the photographs and discover the stories behind them.

Our people

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Oxleas sewing room supervisor

Jan is the sewing room supervisor at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust. She has a great sense of humour and can measure you up in a flash. Jan and her team work hard to make sure all the staff at Queen Alexandra hospital get fitted out properly. Considering the physical demands on nursing and health care support staff within the NHS, one must not underestimate the importance of a comfortable uniform.

Morten Watkins

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

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Chatting while working

Canteen staff sorting cutlery, Dewsbury Hospital

David Enyori

Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust

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Blood is our business

Blood is our business. We take it from donors, we process it, we test it, we bag it, we deliver it! We are Manchester Blood Donor Centre. All departments joined together to celebrate 75 years of the NHS and North West Ambulance Service came along too. Blood not only saves lives, it also gives families a future, it changes people’s destiny and its components are used in so many different treatments. Save a life. Give Blood.

Belinda Hastie

NHS Blood and Transplant

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Continuous care

Shining a light on our colleagues who continue to work together in those unseen hours of the night.

Megan Litjens

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

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Francis, cleaning assistant

Francis is a helpful and hard-working member of the Housekeeping Team. During his working day, he often pauses to assist patients and staff members in any way he can; he is a credit to the trust.

Jason Dimmick

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

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Red side

During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was hard to cope with the shift of workload and increase of sick patients in the emergency department. However, it’s the team that gets you through the shift, and this photo explains it all. A little smile in between.

Arva Gallofin

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

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The dedication within

This photograph shows the unwavering commitment of a neonatal nurse, scrubbed in preparation for a caesarean section. Through her efforts, she is ready to assist in the delivery of a preterm baby. The neonatal nurse’s expression shows her admiration and professionalism, reflecting her years of training and experience.

Amy Sumner

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

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Words of wisdom

In many other sectors, the generational divide between the newly qualified and experienced is immediately apparent. However, in the laboratory there is no such distance. Experienced staff members are always creating learning opportunities for trainees and are available and willing to help.

Jenny Anila Potasznik

Royal United Hospitals Bath

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Behind the doors of resilience: embracing strength and positivity

My colleagues who have a contagious spirit of joy and kindness, exemplify the values of camaraderie, belonging and support within the NHS. In the face of adversity, they remind me that positivity can thrive, creating a haven for compassion and resilience amidst the challenges nurses face. Together, they embody the spirit of healthcare professionals, united in their mission to provide unwavering care to those who need it most.

Haidee S. Evangelista

Barts Health NHS Trust (Newham University Hospital)

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A view through the window

During the COVID-19 pandemic we were often working within other hospitals and unfamiliar departments. A lack of communication can lead to a lack of connectedness and a sense of disjointedness but this wasn’t the case for our team. Through this time came unity and care. Looking after each other was the key to getting through it, and the looks through the window portray a silent empathy and mutual understanding.

Ruthie Clegg

York Hospital

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Learn what you love. Love what you do.

A healthcare science pilot hosted by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust aims to reduce the amount of time it takes students to become registered as biomedical scientists with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). If successful, this pilot could demonstrate an alternative to the traditional placement model for biomedical science students. The pilot model, developed in partnership with Coventry University and Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Services (CWPS), offers candidates paid work as they work towards their qualifications and covers the fees of the final year of their degree.

Ben Carter

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

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The Journey from ‘our people’ to ‘our care’

Dr Harendra Vyas first arrived in the UK from Nairobi in the 1960s and continued his career with the NHS for over 40 years. He provided health and medical care to thousands of patients as a friendly family doctor (GP) in Leicester. As life went on, the care he had given to his patients shifted focus and in turn, he himself, needed that care - by the same health service that he had dedicated his life to. For his years of hard work and to the NHS that looked after him, our family will always be grateful.

Roopal Vyas

NHS England

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Hidden heroes

As the frontline workers go back and forth delivering care, the healthcare scientists in the transfusion laboratory continue to support the wider workforce of the trust behind the scenes, carrying out tests on patient blood in crucial moments and providing life-saving blood in time-limiting situations. This image captures just one small fragment of positivity amongst the team, and the women of power at the transfusion laboratory!

Nesa Kelmendi

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Our innovations

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Patient playing violin whilst undergoing brain surgery

Thanks to advances in brain mapping and surgical techniques, a patient was able to play the violin while surgeons removed a tumour from her brain. The unusual approach was taken to ensure areas responsible for hand movement and coordination – a crucial component when playing the violin – were not inadvertently damaged during the procedure. The patient, Dagmar Turner, said that violin was her passion and that she had been playing since she was 10 years old.

Nial Anderson

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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A broken bridge

A vascular anastomosis is a surgical procedure that is used to connect vessels to each other. This can be seen in procedures such as coronary artery bypass surgery or surgery involving complex cerebral aneurysms. In this image, a neurosurgical trainee uses a model to connect a torn blood vessel.

Zeid Abussuud

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

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Nursing in a virtual world

Immersed in a new era of nursing education, Thomas Wright steps into the world of virtual reality to enhance his clinical skills. This photograph catches a glimpse of Tom as he dons a VR headset for a VR training programme. The image is taken from a perspective behind a window, revealing a striking reflection of Birmingham cityscape, symbolising the blend of modern technology and traditional healthcare. Nurses like Tom embrace the boundless possibilities of VR, further equipping themselves with the expertise needed to provide exceptional patient care in our rapidly evolving world.

Neil Parmar

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

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Fluorescein dye, used in tests to highlight blood vessels in the back of the eye, in a handbasin.

Richard Aldred

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Ryan enjoying a pint down his local Pub

Ryan is a young man with a learning and physical disability, with limited verbal ability and has relied on those who know him well to meet even his basic needs. With support from the local community learning disability team’s speech and language therapist, Ryan has been given the opportunity to use the latest technologies to effectively communicate with others. In this photo, Ryan is using a button placed behind his right hand to navigate the grid pad in front of him. Niamh, his speech and language therapist, is educating and supporting him to use the device effectively. The innovation in technology and practice has allowed Ryan to order and enjoy a pint at his local pub. It has also enhanced his ability to make the choices he wants, and this has, in turn, improved his overall wellbeing. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Ryan reported that the pint was great!

Christopher Hardy

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Care in the cathedral

A vaccine programme like no other. We needed to innovate. We took the NHS COVID-19 vaccine to people. Where we could. When we could. This is the waiting area in Chester Cathedral before clinic opened. The air was full of bells and music and hope.

Hayley Edwards

NHS England - North West

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Comfort at home

This photo is a nurse drawing up medication that is going into a syringe driver providing care to a patient at the end of their life. The contents will help ensure that the patient is getting all the medications necessary to keep them settled and pain free. This small innovation not only provides comfort to the patient, but also their family as they can spend as much time with their loved one as possible.

Rhianna Marsden

Derbyshire Community Health Services

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On the beating track

In pathology, thousands of samples make the daily trip along our tracks and through our machines to be tested. From the quick and careful hands in sample handling, to the curious questions answered by our scientists and everyone in between, we are here for the people and patients of the NHS. This is our beating track.

Nikki Stares

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

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Implant-retained orbital prosthetic rehabilitation medical device

The image shows a stage of creating a custom-made prosthetic eye. Using specialist materials and techniques, the prosthetic is initially sculpted in wax, the wax prosthesis is then encased into a plaster mould, then the wax removed and replaced with silicone material.

Nigel Haywood

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Managed Services

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3D laparoscopy

Consultant Saikat Banerjee during a laparoscopy using 3D technology. Three-dimensional (3D) laparoscopy provides binocular depth perception, which was absent in the past with the conventional two-dimensional (2D) laparoscopy.

Carmen Carrera-Bravo

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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This is a picture of the robotic picking arms and the shelves within the pharmacy department inside Gloucester Royal Hospital. This robot stores, picks and distributes vital medication to pharmacists, technicians, dispensers, doctors, nurses and, of course, patients.

Lee Edwards

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Interactive tablet and reminiscence room

Therapy assistant Adam is standing in the reminiscence room on the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) at The Horton General Hospital, demonstrating an interactive tablet. This room was designed to support patients with dementia. The poppy field mural, bus stop and mood lighting provide a relaxing environment for patients to escape their anxieties. The interactive tablet has many different activities for patients to carry out which can be adapted to all levels of cognition. The one in the picture is responsive to touch and therefore the water will ripple, and the fish will come to your hand so you can feed them.

Emily Arthur

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Deep brain stimulator

This image was taken mid surgical procedure. The procedure was a robot-assisted implantation of a deep brain stimulator system. Between taking clinical images, I took additional images of the general theatre setting and the surgeons at work. This is one of the additional images.

Simon Brinkworth

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

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E-CPR trolley

This design for emergency resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest with an artificial heart lung machine was the result of collaboration across the Atlantic with our colleagues in the University of Pennsylvania. It shows how we can work together across vast distances to innovate and improve patient care.

Waqas Akhtar

Guy’s & St Thomas Foundation NHS Trust

Our environment

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Space for a little one

When you are two, little things can have a big impact. Thank you, Torbay Hospital Emergency Department (A&E), for having a children’s waiting area!

Lottie Bolster

NHS England

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Proudly supporting local business

Our on-site local fruit and vegetable stand encourages healthy choices, improving staff and patients’ health and wellbeing.

Davina Abbott

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

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Fixing and mending

At Horton General Hospital the estates team work on projects to fix and mend equipment. This image is of an estates worker fixing a zip boiler.

Ella Barks

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Medical Illustration

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Zito upcycling

Zito is a clinical support worker on the Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He believes in recycling and reusing materials, including used cardboard boxes from supplies delivered, to make backgrounds which he sticks on the wall outside the ward. When Zito has time and inspiration he adds to the drawings. His artwork comes from his heart, and he takes his inspiration from the real-life scenes he witnessed while working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Caroline Ann Green

Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Birmingham Dental Hospital

I captured the interesting structure of our new dental building for our quality report. I wanted to capture a more abstract side to it. This photograph shows the ventilation windows we use to enhance the air circulation through the building.

Laura Abbatiello

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Pinderfields Hospital site boasts a huge amount of green space, including wildlife areas, nature paths and well-kept gardens designed with pollinators in mind. Here, an early bumblebee busily travels from bloom to bloom, with Pinderfields Hospital building visible in the background.

Stacey Camp

Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust

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We are grassroots

The image was taken as part of a gardening day project at the Eynsham Medical Centre, Eynsham, Oxfordshire. The garden offers staff and patients a place to come and relax. The hand featured in the image belongs to Miss B. Kemper, daughter of one of the GP Partners, who was a volunteer.

Addison Evans

Eynsham Medical Group

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Sun shining on the NHS

I work for the NHS as a clinical photographer – I took this photograph on my way to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to photograph a patient during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is always tough going to ICU and seeing patients incredibly unwell, but this view helped to lift my spirits making that journey.

Lucy Wilmer

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

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The square at night

St Bartholomew’s Hospital is full of many stories, some with good news, some with bad news about someone’s diagnosis. With situations that include bad news, the staff always go above and beyond to support. This is one of the few moments of the day where the hospital seems to stand still, at peace. Waiting for the hustle and bustle of the next day to arrive.

Rebecca Albany

Barts Health NHS Trust

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This is where I work. I love the avenue of cherry trees that line the entrance to the dental hospital, especially when they are in bloom in the spring. I have captured the view of the dental hospital whilst standing under the cherry trees.

Priya Lankathilake

Barts Health NHS Trust

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Winter morning

A beautiful early winter morning captured when arriving on bicycle for a busy day at work. It is moments like these when you can just take a moment to pause and appreciate the beauty around you, even when in a hospital environment. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the hospital buildings against the natural sky with the moon.

Elena Comber-Davies

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust - Royal Stoke

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A moment in the main store

The perfect place to have a minute of silence is when you need to get something from the main store. Although the area is tight, it is where nurses take a deep breath and reset themselves to finish the remaining hours of the shift.

Jose Renato Hernandez

Barts Health NHS Trust

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Yeovil District Hospital New Year’s Eve 2020

This was taken on my way to work at Yeovil District Hospital on New Year’s Day at 8.20am. It was a lovely day.

Nicci Starr

NHS Somerset Integrated Care Board

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Morgue nightshift

The image was taken at 3.30am of night staff who carry out the very demanding job of dealing with deceased patients within the hospital. This staff member had recently been involved with transporting a patient to the morgue and had been emotionally touched by the family involved. They stopped for a brief moment to catch their breath after a challenging night shift. Permission was asked and obtained to take the image as part of the ongoing project - Portraits to a Life of Dedication.

Derek Francis

St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Our care

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It’s playtime

A member of staff from the play school at Royal Brompton having fun with one of the patients.

Joe O’Hagan

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals

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Going above and beyond for our patients

Imam of The Bristol Jamia Mosque, Ahsan Amin, visits our hospital every morning to provide prayer and support to our Muslim patients. This gives patients and their families hope when they are going through a difficult time.

Alice Kenny

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

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Unwavering compassion in the storm of uncertainty

This photograph captured during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nurse stands as a symbol of dedication and resilience. Her face, adorned with visible lines from her PPE, bears witness to the immense challenges she has faced working hours in the Intensive Therapy Unit. This portrait serves as a tribute to the countless healthcare professionals who have worked tirelessly on the front line. It captures a moment frozen in time, reminding us of their unwavering dedication and the extraordinary sacrifices made during this unprecedented period in history.

Brendan McIlhargey

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Care starts in the first seconds

The midwife lovingly hands a newborn baby to Mum, seconds after a water birth. It’s a real privilege to care for patients in these life defining moments. I work as an Anaesthetist as well as a photographer, and had done a lot of work in Intensive Care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Acutely aware of our role in caring for patients on the cusp of life, I wanted to contrast my images taken during the COVID-19 pandemic with stories of the care we provide at times of new life and joy.

Jon Williamson

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Lewis, project Search

Lewis is a porter for the radiology department. He came to us via project | SEARCH; a transition to work programme committed to transforming the lives of young adults with a learning disability and autism or both. Lewis lights up the corridors with his smile and kindness and he is an absolute to joy to work alongside.

Zahra Makada

Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust

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Smiling sun

We ensure our patients and staff are feeling safe in our hands. A smile can go a long way for someone and the NHS is assured to help provide compassionate care.

Muhibur Miah

Barts Health NHS Trust

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Supporting each other

In the photo are our therapy assistants. They share their knowledge twith students who have their placement in our department - as shown in the photo. Yoshi (sitting on the tilt-in-space wheelchair) is a student apprentice (a therapy assistant studying to be an Occupational Therapist). Paul and Ola are demonstrating techniques for proper wheelchair adjustments. They embody our Trust values of being kind, collaborative and aspirational. I, as an occupational therapist, am proud of working with our therapy assistants and I think they deserve more recognition for all the hard work that they do.

Kristen Zaira Morales

Imperial Colllege Healthcare NHS Trust

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Donning personal protective equipment (PPE) every day became a routine that was second nature during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it was also a reminder of the seriousness of the situation. Patients were fighting for their lives. In this photo, Paula’s face is partially obscured by the mask, but her eyes convey a sense of determination and focus. It captures bravery, dedication, and a commitment to care.

Petro Bekker

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

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We are here for you

I usually have this origami in my trolley while I do the cleaning. Sometimes I give the origami to a patient who is going home or to a colleague who seems to need special attention that day. I started doing it because it was a way to start a conversation and offer different care to the people around me at the hospital. I am pleased to see the smiles of those who offer their time to care for others, just as I am happy to see patients returning home.

Beatriz Guandelini Campesi

NHS Property Services

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Neonatal skin to skin

It’s not often that fathers are photographed with their child. Skin to skin pictures are especially beautiful, but this moment captured it wonderfully with the baby holding her daddy’s finger whilst having cuddles.

Richard Pearson

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

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Patient centred care

For a learning disability nurse, visiting a patient who requires lots of specialist equipment isn’t unusual, it’s often the norm. It’s also a vocation rather than a job, and what is important, as in every area of healthcare, is that they provide care and support to the best of their ability, placing their patients right at the centre.

Mike Fulford

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

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The privilege of care

I worked as a community nurse for many years, and always valued the connection we developed with patients and the privilege of stepping into their lives and homes. I’ve tried to capture this here, with one of my nursing inspirations Liz Alderton, a Queens Nurse, and her friend Bruce kindly acting as models.

Deborah Wickens

Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Community nursing during a pandemic

Rebecca is one of many community nurses who continued providing care and much needed social interaction to her vulnerable patients throughout Rotherham.

John Slater

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

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Together again

An old married couple in hospital at the same time but in wards far away. The husband was taken in a wheelchair ‘on a date’ to visit his wife, and many tears were shed as he greeted her, “I’ve missed you so much!”

Miriam Yacomeni

Royal United Hospitals Bath

Our partners

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The vicar

Rodney has been working at the trust for over 35 years in the faith centre based at Kings Mill Hospital. He has helped thousands of people over the years, and you can see all that wisdom in this close headshot.

Richard Tatham

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Collaborating to break boundaries, using digital solutions and thinking differently

Working in partnership with an ENT Surgeon, his team, Popcorn and Springpod at Royal Stoke Hospital, we facilitated and streamed a live procedure for all students signed up to our Hospital Virtual Work Experience Programme. The programme provided access to clinical professionals delivering treatment and care across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Partners came together to showcase the best care we provide for our population to inspire our future workforce.

Carys Knapper

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICS

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Combining classroom-based learning and on-the-job experience, we create and shape the future of the NHS!

Working in collaboration with higher education institutions to provide the best standards of education – from new and innovative apprenticeship programmes to undergraduate degrees and beyond!

Julian Ivery

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

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No dust

Cleaning room 8 on the delivery unit at Rosie Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals. Our housekeepers are contractors, but we feel like they are part of our NHS team. Dante is so amazing at what she does, always providing high standards of cleanliness.

Mihaela Wopat

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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The power of collaboration

This captivating photo showcases the unity of Nottingham Integrated Care System (ICS) partners celebrating Pride. Adorned in rainbow flags, their beaming smiles embody inclusivity, diversity, and equality. Amidst jubilant onlookers, their presence illuminates the power of collaboration and compassion, fostering a culture of acceptance and understanding. This image testifies Nottingham ICS partners’ support for celebrating unique identities and creating an accepting society.

Jordan Duke

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Air ambulance on the helipad

Yorkshire Air Ambulance on the helipad at Scarborough Hospital.

Ross Mainprize

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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This is Louis, one of our pet therapy dogs. This is a great partnership we have. It helps many people who are missing their own pets or feeling lonely, but most of all they put a smile on our patients’ faces.

Tracy Crossin

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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Thank you

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I began a portrait photography project. It was a very good experience for me and I hope for all the nurses, doctors, porters, domestic staff, receptionists, security, paramedics and Helicopter Emergency Medical Service staff, pictured in this image, who took part. For the people who dedicate their lives to help us, I want to say a big thank you to them for all their hard work.

Piotr Peksa

Barts Health NHS Trust

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London air ambulances

Two of London’s lifesaving air ambulances, having a well-earned rest at their home base, RAF Northolt.

Dan Elms

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

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Learning disabilities

Mark (pictured right with Mum Margaret) has been a part of our patient forum meetings for many years. Mark’s involvement with the patient forums means that staff across the trust can learn from feedback given by patients who have used our services and implement new ways of working to improve our patient care and services.

Laura Abbatiello

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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True partners of the NHS

True partners of the NHS. Without their support and encouragement, and that of my family and friends, I wouldn’t be able to give myself 100% to my patients and my colleagues. They are my strength. Family is the hidden support of many nurses and midwives throughout the country.

Claire Morton

South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust

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Oxleas NHS Market Street, Woolwich

One of our nurses entering Market Street Health Centre.

Peta Miller

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

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NHS’s oldest volunteer still going strong

Britain’s oldest volunteer has celebrated her 102nd birthday. “I certainly don’t feel it,” says Beryl Carr who still manages to come into the Friends Café in Ealing Hospital once a month. Beryl started working in the Friends Café as a sprightly 80-year-old in 2003 preparing food and working on the till. “I’ve made a fair few sandwiches in my time but I really enjoy the social side of it. I can’t think of anything worse than being stuck in front of the TV all day.”

Steve Watkins

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

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The perfect partnership

The symbiotic relationship with our fellow colleagues in the local ambulance services is such a special bond. Our extended emergency department family all working together towards a shared goal of helping people.

Amina Abu El Hawa

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust