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The annual Pride in Nursing and Midwifery Day on 10th May and International Nurses Day on 12th May were celebrated at ASPH where Chief Nurse Sue Tranka organised a very special day of celebrations at a Health for All event.

Sue was joined by Chief Executive Suzanne, senior members of the nursing team, some of our fantastic nurses and midwives and inspirational external speakers.

We were fortunate that Joanne Bosanquet MBE, who was recently appointed as Chief Executive of Foundation of Nursing Studies (FONS), chaired the day. It was fantastic to hear Joanne speak about Nursing Now, a three-year global campaign, aiming to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide.

We were also delighted to welcome Yvonne Coghill OBE, who is Deputy Director of RCN (Royal College of Nursing) as well as Director of NHS WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard). Yvonne shared some of the important work she is leading across the NHS nationally to tackle important race equality issues and emphasised the need to ‘break down the walls’ so that all colleagues are treated fairly.

In addition to our external speakers, it was fantastic to hear from our Deputy Head of Midwifery, Gemma Puckett, who shared insight into the importance of the human touch and its role in the journey of maternity transformation.

One of the most touching moments of the day was research nurse Megan McGee reading her ‘Proud of my Profession’ poem which she had written especially for the day. It was thoroughly moving and resonated with many in the room.

Another highlight included the Chief Nurse awards, which recognise the achievements of the nursing and midwifery teams at ASPH. After a fantastic day, Sue said; “Pride in Nursing and Midwifery Day allows us to reflect, look to the future as well as celebrate the amazing work that goes on across all areas and sites. I am so proud of the nursing and midwifery teams throughout the Trust, not just today, but throughout the year.”