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A look back at the annual Nurses' Day celebration at NELFT

NELFT hosted another edition of the annual event at CEME Centre in Rainham on Wednesday 9 May to mark International Nurses’ Day.  

International Nurses’ Day was on Saturday 12 May and is an annual awareness day aimed at celebrating the contributions nurses make to society.

It was first marked nationally in 1965 and this year’s NELFT event featured speakers from across the Trust, as well as from Health Education England and C&C Empathy Training.

The keynote speaker was Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Chief Nurse at Health Education England – who tweeted her support for the event (below).Tweet from Lisa Bayliss-Pratt supporting Nurses' Day

NELFT Chief Executive John Brouder opened the event, and handed on to Chief Nurse Stephanie Dawe and the organiser, Director of Nursing, Alison Garrett to address the packed event. The attendees then went to various sessions being run across the CEME Centre, including looking at leadership, tackling sepsis, the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian to role, and how to become a digital nurse.

NELFT employs around 1,900 Nursing and Midwifery registered staff and nurses are the biggest group of staff at the organisation.

There was also a ‘head and tails’ game on the day for charity and £153 was raised and donated to the British Red Cross.

Below are some pictures from the event (© Andrea Solomon):

Openening speeches  

John Brouder

Stephanie Dawe

Stephen Singh-Khakian

Nurses' Day programme

Aubrey Keep Library


Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Debbie Smith

Group of nurses

Alison Garrett 

Dance class

Nurse group