Wednesday 5 September

Session: NHS at 70: The Story of our Lives
Time: 10.00am to 10.45am
Speaker: Dr Stephanie Snow, Historian, University of Manchester, Gwen Crossley, NHS at 70 volunteer and June Rosen, who served breakfast to Aneurin Bevan on the day the NHS launched

In this session, Stephanie will share the amazing stories of staff who worked in the early NHS, as well as patients and carers. It includes people who played a major role in the creation of the service, as well as the ‘everyday’ stories of doctors, nurses, midwives and others.

June Rosen is one such person. As an eight year old, June helped her mum serve breakfast to Aneurin Bevan on the day he officially launched the NHS by opening Park Hospital, Manchester. As Minister of Health, Bevan spearheaded the establishment of the NHS.

The stories are taken from the University of Manchester’s NHS at 70: The Story of our Lives project, which is building a digital archive of NHS history. Stephanie is the lead for the project.

You can follow the NHS at 70: The Story of our Lives project on Twitter – @NHSat70

This session will be hosted by Antony Tiernan, Director of Engagement and Communications NHS70, NHS England @AntonyTiernan

Session: How simple acts improve the lives of patients
11.00am to 11.45am
Speakers: Chris Pointon, founder of #hellomynameis, Lobke Marsden, radiotherapy play specialist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Lisa Beaumont, play specialist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Jonny Miree, TheRockinR

This session focuses on how simple acts can improve the lives of patients and their families. Chris will talk about the award-winning #hellomynameis campaign which he launched with his late wife Dr Kate Granger, whilst Lobke, Lisa and Jonny will look at the benefits of painting radiotherapy masks for children undergoing cancer treatment.

You can follow Chris, Lobke and Jonny on Twitter – @PointonChris, @lobke_marsden and @TheRockinR13

This session will be chaired by Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead – Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People (@KathEvans2) and a member of the NHS Youth Forum (@NHSYouthForum).

Session: A giant leap for patient care
Time: 12.00pm to 12.45pm
Speakers: Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England and Emily Gravestock, Head of Applications Strategy, UK Space Agency

This session will look at how the NHS is working with the UK Space Agency to find hi-tech solutions to the major health and care challenges facing the NHS, including using satellite technology to revolutionise breast cancer screening by beaming scans back to hospitals from mobile screening units.

You can follow Tony and Emily on Twitter – @DrTonyYoung and @GravestockEmily

This session will be chaireded by Inara Khan, Strategy Advisor, NHS England (@inara88k).

Session: Celebrating Windrush 70
1.00pm to 1.45pm
Speakers: Dr Habib Naqvi, Policy Lead, Workforce Race Equality Standard, NHS England,  Dr Sanjeev Nayak, Consultant Interventional Neuro-radiologist, University Hospitals of North Midlands and Dennis Singson, Community Mental Health Nurse and Nurse Prescriber, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

This session focuses on the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the cruise liner ‘Empire Windrush’ arriving at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948. Many of the 492 passengers were among the first to work in the newly formed NHS which launched just two weeks later.

You can follow Habib, Sanjeev and Dennis on Twitter – @DrHNaqvi@Sanjnayak and @dence10

This session will be chaired by Imelda Redmond, National Director, Healthwatch England @redmond_imelda

Session: Shiny shoes and half a crown
Time: 2.00pm to 2.45pm
Speakers: Ethel Armstrong MBE, former cadet nurse and radiographer and Aneira Thomas, first baby born on the NHS

This session will see Ethel and Aneira share their unique NHS stories. Ethel, 88, worked in the NHS on the day it launched, whilst Aneira, who is named after the then Health Secretary, was its first baby – born at one minute past midnight on 5 July 1948 at Glanamman Hospital, Wales.

This session will be hosted by Hilary Garratt CBE, Director of Nursing, NHS England and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England @HilaryGarratt

Session: My injuries were like those from a warzone
4.00pm to 4.45pm
Speakers: Freya Lewis, who was injured in the Manchester Arena terror attack, and paediatric sister Beth Booth

15 year-old Freya had to learn to walk again after being caught up in the 2017 Manchester terror attack. One of her best friends, Nell Jones, was killed. In this session, Freya will share her powerful story, including about the life-saving care she received from staff at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Beth is an intensive care nurse and was part of the team that cared for Freya. She now works at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

This session will be hosted by Paul Vaughan, Director of Nursing – Transformation, NHS England @PaulNVaughan 

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