Benefits from benchside to bedside showcased for NHS anniversary

Posted by pt91 at Jun 12, 2018 11:41 AM |
Close partnership with National Health Service highlighted at University of Leicester’s public celebration on 7 July

Issued by University of Leicester on 12 June 2018

The National Health Service celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and the University of Leicester is marking the occasion by highlighting the historic partnership between the NHS and universities.

With today’s clinicians working both at bedside and at the benchside with academics at the cutting edge of medical science, all while teaching the doctors of the future, the University of Leicester aims to show that the vital relationship between universities and public health is closer than ever.

The University is inviting everyone to join them and the local NHS Trusts for a free family fun day celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service on Saturday 7 July from 11.00am-3.00pm. The University of Leicester campus will be alive with music performances, science experiments, children’s activities and more – all showcasing the work and achievements of the NHS.

Members of the public can discover what more they can do to look after their health and wellbeing with talks about nutrition and child health and safety from Leicestershire Partnership Trust (LPT), diabetes checks from the Leicester Diabetes Centre, meet the emergency services and look inside their vehicles, and doctors and experts from Paediatrics and the Children’s Hospital on hand to answer questions. Children can build their confidence with doctor’s visits by bringing their favourite stuffed toys for a mini-health check by medical students at the Teddy Bears Clinic – and perhaps have one themselves.

Everyone can boost their skills with defibrillator training by Leicester University Community First Responders, Paediatric first aid demonstrations from LPT, CPR training from HeartWize, juicing and smoothie demonstrations from Together Against Cancer, and relaxation and well-being in children workshops from the Wellbeing Crew.

All this with entertainment for all ages, including music from STARS Youth Choir, Look-a-lady Ukulele, Irish dancing, science demonstrations, bouncy castles, arts and crafts, and Alice in Wonderland characters in attendance.

Local Leicester charities will also be represented, including Rainbows Children's Hospice, Children's Cancer Leukemia Group, Leicester Hospitals Charity Children's appeal, Way of the Horse Therapeutic Centre, LAMP (Leicester Action for Mental Health Project) and Leicester Marrow Society.

Professor Philip Baker, Head of the College of Life Sciences at the University, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, in partnership with our local NHS partners. The University of Leicester has a long history of working with a broad range of healthcare practitioners across the City and County. We have trained thousands of doctors and are now extending our educational endeavour to training nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and operating department practitioners. In synergy with the NHS, our researchers are world-leading in addressing a range of different clinical problems, from diabetes to asthma, and from cancer to heart disease. Join us as we celebrate the wonderful institution that is the National Health Service.”

The official NHS70 celebration date is Thursday 5 July but the University will be running activities throughout the year to mark the 70 years.

The University’s Attenborough Arts Centre is currently hosting an exhibition by the Art Space project celebrating key milestones in the history of the NHS so far as part of the ‘Health Matters’ community engagement project. Paintings, sketches and poetry feature among more than 60 pieces of work created by mental health service user artists on display until 1 July. The project is delivered by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) in collaboration with BrightSparks: Arts in Mental Health Group and co-sponsored by the University.

A follow-up event on 29 July in collaboration with Enter Edem entitled The Time Travel Treatment room will explore the attitudes towards mental health of Victorian England - the era that invented ‘mental health’.

And later in the year, the University will recognise the outstanding contribution of healthcare professionals to its academic mission by awarding honorary titles to a number of NHS colleagues who have worked in partnership with the University.

John Adler, Chief Executive at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “We are really pleased to be partnering with the University of Leicester and fellow NHS Trusts for a unique celebration of the NHS’ 70th birthday.

“With this fun approach that will involve the whole family, we hope to inspire the next generation to protect the NHS and be a part of its future.”

Entry is free, but visitors will be asked to donate towards the two local NHS charities Raising Health and Leicester Hospitals Charity. Free parking will be available in the Welford Road car-park.

To get an idea of numbers, attendees are encouraged to register their interest:

For more information, please contact Dr Danni Benyon-Payne,


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Danielle Benyon-Payne on 0116 252 5278 or

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