NHSE/I are working on the production of a Year of the Nurse and Midwife publication, which will be a commemorative electronic book to highlight some of the work nurses and midwives have done as part of the COVID-19 response. 
2020 is Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year, designated by World Health Organisation as the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Nurses and midwives make up the largest numbers of the NHS workforce. They are highly skilled, multi-faceted professionals from a host of backgrounds that represent our diverse communities. 2020 is our time to reflect on these skills, the commitment and expert clinical care they bring, and the impact they make on the lives of so many. This year is also an opportunity to say thank you to the professions; to showcase their diverse talents and expertise; and to promote nursing and midwifery as careers with a great deal to offer. 
 
“This is the chance to highlight our vast and varied skills and the work we do, and to ensure our professional voice is heard and represented at the heart of all health and care decisions and policy.” 
Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England  
 
Please do share with your contacts as they are hoping for a wide range of stories to celebrate local nurse and midwife achievements during 2020 and a memorial section for those we have lost. They are looking to publish the commemorative book in December 2020. 
Please send your stories; pictures; short films; articles etc for consideration/inclusion and mark the Subject Header "YONM" to england.midlandscomms@nhs.net 
 
Download Nursing and midwifery people stories template here. 
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