Last night (4 July) one of our school nurses was invited to a reception with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street in order to celebrate NHS70. The event was attended by nurses and other staff from across the NHS nationally to recognise their service and contribution to the NHS.
Pat Beverley is a specialist school nurse working in our Redbridge service. She started her nurse training in 1977 and has held a number of roles within the NHS since then. In 2005 she started her Specialist Community Public Health Nurse training. In 2016 Pat was awarded the Queen’s Nurse award from the Queen’s Nursing Institute in recognition of her contribution to community nursing.
When Pat arrived at the reception she was informed that she was one of just six guests out of the 200 in attendance who had been selected to personally meet with the Prime Minister. She also received a long service pin badge presented to her by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
Pat said, “It was a lovely evening, meeting up with NHS staff from across the country and from different services. I am grateful for the opportunity to experience such a wonderful event.”
Pat will be publishing a blog via NELFT Talks over the coming days detailing her journey through nursing and some of the highlights of her career which you will be able to read here