International Nurses’ Day celebrations at Guy’s and St Thomas’ were kicked off with a visit from NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens.
Mr Stevens visited the Trust’s maternity ward at St Thomas’ Hospital to film thank you messages for NHS staff ahead of International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses’ Day, held separately on May 5 and 12.
Activities were held across the Trust to mark International Nurses’ Day and celebrate nurses and midwives.
The Trust also held an awards ceremony to celebrate the recipients of the Nightingale Nurse Award, a professional award for its most outstanding nurses and midwives.
The award, which was co-presented by chief nursing officer for England, Ruth May, is unique to the Trust and is named in honour of Florence Nightingale, who established her first nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1859.
The events took place on the same day that more than 400 members of staff and supporters, including nurses and directors, abseiled 160 feet down the side of St Thomas’ Hospital to raise money for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ charity.
Dame Eileen Sills said: “Our nurses and midwives work extremely hard day in and day out to provide our patients with the best care possible.
“It’s really important to us that their hard work and outstanding care is recognised and celebrated which is why we mark International Nurses’ Day with events and activities throughout our hospitals and community sites.
It’s great to see so many of our staff coming together to celebrate the fantastic work of our nurses and midwives.”