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NHS70 - Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

On 5 July 1948 at Park hospital in Manchester (now known as Trafford General Hospital), the National Health Service was born.

The ambition of Aneurin Bevan, who was the health secretary, was to bring all healthcare provisions together under one organisation and provide good and free healthcare to all at the point of delivery. 70 years later, healthcare has progressed massively, new treatments and cures for illnesses are being developed every day but the ambitions of Aneurin Bevan remain as strong today as they were 70 years ago.

The NHSBSA is proud to be part of the NHS and of all the dedicated staff  who are there 24/7 to care for us in times of need.

2018 is a very special year for the NHS as it celebrates its 70th birthday and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) will be joining with the rest of the NHS in the celebrations. The NHSBSA will be holding events for staff and the public and raising money for our corporate charity, the British Heart Foundation as part of the celebrations. 

There are many things you can do to support the NHS:

• Keeping active and eating healthily
• Using NHS services wisely
• Giving blood and signing up to the organ donation register
• Signing up to NHS research programmes
• Consider a career in the NHS
• Supporting NHS charities

More information on the wider NHS celebrations can be found at

Visit the NHS70 website


The NHSBSA are planning events across all our offices to commemorate the NHS 70th birthday. We will be joining NHS organisations across the country on the 5th July by hosting our own NHS70 tea party, whilst raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

Primary School competition - shortlist announced!

We were keen to involve young people in our celebrations, using the NHS 70th birthday as a chance to engage with young people and giving them the opportunity to learn about the NHS past, present and future. The competition was for primary school children from age 4-11 years old.  We received over 130 entries received and a shortlist of 12 have been shortlisted:

  • 5 entries from Hadrian Park Primary School, Wallsend, North Tyneside
  • 2 entries from Flakefleet Primary School, Fleetwood, Lancashire
  • 5 entries from Holystone Primary School, Holystone, North Tyneside.

Good Luck in the final selection!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs, including book bundles from The Book People, VIP Cinema experiences from Vue Cinema’s and a VIP Alton Towers trip.

Winners will be judged by Chair of the NHSBSA Board - Silla Maizey, NHSBSA Chief Executive - Alistair McDonald, a representative from the NHSBSA sponsoring department (DHSC) - Joanne Hindmarsh and representatives from our sponsors at The Book People, Vue Cinemas and Alton Towers.

Winners will be announced on 5 July on our website and Twitter - follow @NHSBSA.

More information about the competition, prizes and terms and conditions can be found here:

NHS70 - Letter to schools

NHS70 Staff Prize Draw

NHS70 celebrations aim to recognise the contribution that NHS staff make to patient care. As a thank you to our extraordinary NHS staff, the NHS England NHS70 team has over 400 prize draw tickets to give away to some amazing sporting events. Some very special prizes include tickets to:


  • England vs Nigeria at Wembley (for this prize you need to register Monday 21 May)
  • Wimbledon 2018
  • Rugby League Challenge Cup

The overall draw closes at midnight on 5 July (although some of the prizes have earlier deadlines).

To enter, register for the free at the NHS70 website where you’ll also find a full list of prizes, draw details and terms and conditions.

The Great British coin hunt

As the NHS turns 70 the royal mint has launched an NHS 10p coin and we’ve got everybody in the NHSBSA looking for one. We’ve given our staff the challenge of finding the six different 10p coins that spell out ‘NHSBSA’ and we’d love it if you joined in too!

Have you found an NHS 10p coin yet? Why not take a picture and share it via social media using the hashtags  #NHSBSA #NHS70 and #coinhunt?

For more information about the new coins, visit:

NHS70 coins

Get involved

We’d love to hear from you if you have any stories, photos or memorabilia about the NHSBSA to share. You can get in touch with us by emailing

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter:@NHSBSA to keep up to date with what’s going on in the NHSBSA.

If you have any stories about the NHS to share, NHS at 70 are collecting stories and memorabilia from patients, workers, volunteers and the general public.

Whatever your story is, the NHS at 70 team are keen to hear it. You can contact the team via  or call 0161 275 0560 to get involved. You can also visit the University of Manchester’s website or follow them on Twitter: @NHSat70.

The NHSBSA would like to say a special thank you to the businesses that have supported us in the 70th birthday celebrations.

Alton Towers


Experience Days


The Book People

Vue Cinemas

Natures Finest