Ahead of the 72nd birthday of the NHS, John MacDonald, Chair of Joined Up Care Derbyshire (Sustainability and Transformation Partnership), offers the following birthday message on behalf of the health and care system in Derbyshire:

“On Sunday 5 July we celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS. Founded in 1948 as one of the major social reforms following the Second World War, the NHS continues to provide services that are comprehensive, universal and free at the point of delivery.

“The arrival of coronavirus has made 2020 one of the most challenging years for the NHS and staff, at every level, have gone above and beyond to respond to COVID-19 in remarkable ways, showing extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion. The way we had to change to respond to the pandemic, and speed at which we had to move to do it, was phenomenal.

“We have all been struck by just how well colleagues across every organisation worked together to overcome issues in the most difficult of circumstances – both personally and professionally - in order to deliver the best possible outcome for the people of Derby and Derbyshire and we are very thankful to everyone for this.

“The public have been incredible throughout the response as people dutifully followed Government advice to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. This helped us to ensure that the capacity was there should we have seen a surge in demand around the peak of the pandemic. Following this advice also had a huge impact on reducing the impact of coronavirus on our communities.

“This birthday is about saying thank you to everyone without whom the NHS wouldn’t have been able to respond to coronavirus. It’s an opportunity to reflect on everything our communities have recently endured, to stand in solidarity and mourn our losses, and also thank those who continue to risk so much to keep us safe.

“Each week, the spirits of key workers were lifted as people in their millions came together in applause and so we hope you can join us on Sunday 5 July at 5pm for a country-wide clap – the loudest ever - to celebrate NHS staff, carers and key workers and say thank you to everyone who has helped us through the crisis so far - our friends, families, colleagues and neighbours.

“Coronavirus will leave an indelible mark on all our lives, but seeing how we have all pulled together to help control the virus we are hopeful that it has helped to create a kinder, closer and more connected country.”

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Joined Up Care Derbyshire is a partnership of the following local health and care organisations:

The organisation that commissions health services:
NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Organisations that provide healthcare services:
Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Derbyshire Community Health Care Services
Derbyshire GP Alliance & GP Task Force
Derby and Derbyshire Local Medical Committee
Derbyshire Healthcare
DHU Health Care 
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton
East Midlands Ambulance Service

Organisations that provide public services and social care:
Derby City Council
Derbyshire County Council