Staff find a creative way to say happy birthday

2nd July 2018

Staff at the Trust have found a unique way to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, using their creative skills to produce a quilted wall hanging.

The finished wall hanging has sixteen ‘windows’ created by staff from both clinical and corporate services, each reflecting a very personal vision of what the NHS means to them.

Teams from across the Trust took part in the project, including the Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team, G1 (dementia inpatient unit), IAPT, gender identity clinic, HR, training and executive leadership team.

Julie Edwards, Director of Therapy Services, said: “We wanted to find a creative way for staff to come together to celebrate their passion for the NHS. While birthday tea parties and walks are great ways to come together to celebrate the NHS, we also know that creative activities boost mental wellbeing.

“Working together with colleagues and service users on this group quilt has been a great experience and the completed wall hanging reflects the love that we all have for the NHS.”

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive, said: “I am very proud to have taken part in this creative project. This quilt is a visual representation of what the NHS means to the people who both work in it and receive care from it.

“The 70th birthday is a time to reflect on how far we’ve come in improving the health of the nation and how the NHS has supported us to do this. As I put on the back of my own ‘window’ the NHS was founded on the principle of free access for all according to need. It is our life’s work and our responsibility to ensure we protect and pass on that fundamental right.”

The quilted wall hanging will be on display SHSC’s Annual Members’ Meeting in September and will also be on display around the Trust’s clinical and corporate sites over the next year.