Students mark 74 years of NHS with celebration at 10 Downing Street

Categories: School of Health and Society

Two Nursing Associate students from the University of Salford attended a celebration event at Downing Street to mark the 74th birthday of the NHS.

One of the students, Jordan, explained that when he first received the invitation, he wasn’t sure if it was genuine: “The invitation was emailed to me and at first I just thought it couldn’t be real, so I had to ring up to make sure! The security was really tight (as you might expect!) and we had our mobiles taken away before being escorted through the building, past all the pictures of past prime ministers on the stairs and out into the back garden.”

Jordan also had the chance to speak to Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the event. “Mr Johnson came over and spent around 30 seconds with each of us, asking what we did and where we worked. My heart was beating so fast! He thanked everybody for their support and also talked about the Covid vaccine program and how proud he was of it.

“It was an amazing day and I loved every minute!”

Jordan was nominated to attend the event by the management team at Stepping Hill Hospital where he works. 

He was previously awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by the University of Salford in recognition of the brilliant progress that he has made since starting his studies and the outstanding feedback that he has received from both colleagues and patients alike.

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