NHS70: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

The National Health Service (NHS) turned 70 on 5 July 2018. The Vale of York CCG embraced the celebrations not only as a CCG, but across the Vale of York community to reflect on the history and achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions.

During June and July 2018 NHS Vale of York CCG organised over 20 events with our local communities, health partners, local authorities, businesses, libraries and voluntary sector which focused on acknowledging the great work of the NHS, whilst raising awareness for our key priorities.

  • Keeping yourself and your community healthy and well (self-care, prevention, exercise, diet)
  • Supporting mental health and well being
  • Tackling loneliness and isolation

Reports and documents

Vale of York employers support the NHS by encouraging staff to sign healthy pledges

Some of the Vale of York’s major employers have been encouraging their staff to support the NHS by signing healthy pledges.

A business briefing sessiontook place on 8 June 2018 hosted by the CCG, with the Public Health team and the local MP to work with local employers and look at how they can help support the health and wellbeing of their workforce. Over 50 organisations in York sent representatives along and many signed up to give health checks to their employees and took leaflets and advice about vaccinations, healthy work place and carers information.

Their staff have been invited to complete the CCG’s NHS70 pledge cards to do something positive to improve their health and wellbeing. Pledges can be as broad or as specific as they like.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER), formerly Virgin Trains East Coast, were the first organisation to take the opportunity to join forces with the CCG, hosting an event at York Station where staff members signed pledge cards and wrote goodwill messages in the CCG’s giant NHS70 birthday card.

Dr Nigel Wells, the CCG’s Clinical Chair, said: “It’s really encouraging that LNER London North Eastern Railway (LNER), a major employer in the Vale of York, is encouraging its staff to make pledges to adopt healthier lifestyles and supporting them to do so.

“It’s no secret that being physically active and eating a balanced diet can help you live a healthier and happier life, while the changes you make need not be huge in order to have a positive outcome on your health and wellbeing.”


5 July NHS70 birthday celebration

The CCG held a 1940s-themed event to celebrate 70 years of the NHS on 5 July and everyone was invited to celebrate.

To mark the 70th birthday of the NHS on Thursday 5 July, the CCG hosted a 1940s-themed celebration between 1pm and 3pm in the reception at West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.

Members of the public were invited along to join in with the celebrations, which included food, music and other attractions. Click here for more information.


Our NHS70 community bus tour

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and its partners wanted to engage with the local community about their health and wellbeing.


The NHS70 double-decker bus visted various sites in York, Selby and Easingwold over several weeks, and members of the public were invited to come along to receive healthcare advice, learn more about health check-ups or just to chat. In Selby we partnered with inspiring healthy lifestyles and took the bus into some of the most deprived areas of Selby. In collaboration with the Mayor and inspiring healthy lifestyles we spoke to over 300 people, and signed up members of the public for helathchecks, BMI checks and gave our information about free 12 week fitness courses.

The bus visited the following venues:

  • York - 1 June (9.30am to 1.30 pm) at Parliament Square and (2.30pm to 3.30pm) in Acomb Front Street
  • Easingwold - 15 June (10am to 12pm) in the town centre
  • York Monks Cross - 15 June (1.30pm to 3pm)
  • Selby - 18 June (10am to 2pm) in Selby town centre

For more information click here.


What did our public pledges do?

To view what our population pledged click here for full verbatim comments and a summary of activities.


The chance to sign our giant NHS70 birthday card

The NHS, one of Britain’s most treasured institutions, turned 70 on 5 July and the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) created a 4ft high birthday card to mark the occasion.

In the weeks leading up to the 70th birthday, the birthday card toured all four corners of the Vale of York so people could sign their names or write their messages to express what the NHS means to them and their families.

The card’s first public appearance took place (Friday 1 June) in Parliament Street in York city centre between 9.30am and 1pm, before moving on to Acomb (Front Street) between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Members of the public were also able to sign the card in the foyer at West Offices, Station Rise on Monday 11 June between 10am and 2pm.

The card visited Easingwold (15 June) and Selby (18 June), before rounding off its journey across the Vale of York at the CCG’s 1940s-themed NHS70 birthday party at West Offices in York city centre on 5 July.

The card also visited several other locations across the city and the Vale of York during June. Check out this page, or the CCG's Twitter account @ValeofYorkCCG, for more details.

For more information click here


Other events

The CCG organised plenty of events throughout the Vale of York to mark this special occasion.



8 May 18

Voluntary Sector Forum, 10am-12pm

18 May 18

Acomb Library Explore, 10am-3pm

30 May 18

Mumbler maternity event at York Mount School

1 June 18

Bus Tour York Central – Parliament street and Acomb high street

4 June 18

People Helping People Launch (CVS and CYC)

7 June 18

Tommy Whitelaw: What matters to you? Two sessions

8 June 18

Employers meeting at West Offices 15.30-17.00. Over 50 organisations represented.

11 June 18

West Offices Foyer, 11am-1pm

12 June 18

Festival of Ideas, University of York, 12pm-2pm

15 June 18

Bus Tour Easingwold and Monks Cross

18 June 18

Bus Tour Selby and surrounding areas

2-6 July 18

Acomb, York, Clifton and Tang Hall Libraries NHS7tea party celebrations

2 July 18

Tea and cake at East Riding Carers Advisory Group

3 July 18

Pocklington Carers forum tea and cake

4 July 18

Staff NHS 70 Celebration, 1-2pm

5 July 18

West Offices Tea Party in the foyer, 1-3pm

5 July 18

NHS 70 – celebration at York Minster

7 July 18

Selby War Memorial NHS70 celebrations, 1pm-4pm

19 July 18

Health and wellbeing session with LNER (trains)

Donate 1,000 miles to the NHS

Staff from the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) pledged to donate thousands of miles of exercise and physical activity to the NHS this year.

Staff members hoped to improve their health by taking part in regular physical activity throughout 2018 as a collective birthday present to the NHS, which turned 70 on 5 July. 

They logged miles earned from regular activity – walking, running, cycling, swimming or other activity (everything counts) – and participated in a series of specially organised sport activities, including gym challenges, group walks and more.

Click here  for more information.

What has happened since?

Staying healthy

You said:

During our time spent out in our community collecting pledges from our population as part of the NHS 70, you said that you wanted to help stay healthy and well. You also commented that you would like more health information and advice information to help share within your communities.

We did:

We took part in the self-care aware campaign, ‘Help Us Help You’ which encourages our community to take care of their health this winter.

Resulting in:

A multi-media campaign to help our population to stay well this winter. Through media, videos, newsletters, our website and social media and printed leaflets we launched the help us help you campaign. The CCG teamed up with a number of Vale of York GPs to create a series of self-care videos, to help its population self-treat common illnesses such as cold and flu at home using over-the-counter medicines. These can be viewed here.


Getting fit and walking

You said:

During our time spent out in our community collecting pledges from our population as part of the NHS 70, you said that you wanted be able to get fit to help you to help stay healthy and well.

We did:

We took passed on information to City of York public health team council to help with their campaign planning for 2018.

Resulting in:

The City of York Council launched a walking for health campaign in summer 2018.



This is important to me…

You said:

During our time spent out in our community collecting pledges from our population as part of the NHS 70, you had many conversations about what was important to you about health. Mental health support – in particular for children, early diagnosis of cancer and support, and accessing GPs were common themes,

We did:

We listened to your comments and fed them into our priorities for this coming year 2019-20. We are committed to increasing investments into mental health and primary care.

  • Invested £220k to improve access to ADHD diagnosis services and CAMHS. More set aside for 2019-20.
  • Invested +£6.5million to provide improved access to primary care services in the evenings, at weekends and bank holidays.

Resulting in: Our commissioning intentions for 2019-20: https://www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/commissioning-intentions


For more information, visit: www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70

Check out of Twitter and YouTube channels for more information and coverage of our NHS70 events.