On Thursday 5th July, the country celebrated as the National Health Service reached a momentous milestone: 70 years since it was launched at the old Park Hospital in Manchester. Over the past seven decades, the NHS has become a treasured national institution and one of the largest and widest-ranging healthcare systems in the world.
Scientists have been working in the NHS since day one and there are now more than 50,000 of them in the Health Service, the largest group of scientists employed in a single sector in the UK. They make up the scientific backbone of the NHS and their work underpins 80% of all diagnoses. Their work is extremely varied, ranging from cutting-edge academic research to applying research findings in order to transform patient care and delivering the day-to-day tests and expertise that is essential to the Health Service’s work.
Twitter was buzzing with messages from NHS staff, celebrities and the wider public who were keen to look back on all of the NHS’s incredible achievements from the past 70 years and ahead to future innovations that will help the NHS to deliver more effective treatments in a more efficient way. Here at the School, we contributed our own take on the role healthcare science has played in the NHS and why it will be central to so many of those promising innovations, including personalised medicine, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and many more. You can take a look at our Twitter Moment from the day here.