NCH&C celebrates national Community Health and Care Day
Saying a big thank you to dedicated and often unseen community health and care staff, Tuesday 1 November 2022 is national Community Health and Care Day.
Founded by NCH&C in 2020 to mark its tenth anniversary, Community Health and Care Day is a registered awareness day marked every year on 1 November. The day provides the opportunity for everyone to celebrate the vital role that community healthcare plays, and help raise the profile of this essential part of the NHS.
Community healthcare is the foundation of the NHS, helping people of all ages live independently, stay in their homes longer and leave hospital sooner. Although community health care makes up one fifth of the NHS workforce, it is often overlooked despite being firmly at the heart of every health and care system. Boosting ‘out-of-hospital’ care is one of the key elements of the NHS long-term plan and is vital for ensuring people can access the healthcare we need in the future.
This year’s theme is partnership and how we work together as a team and also with other services and providers to ensure our communities stay healthy, well and out of hospital. We are holding a special event at The Forum in Norwich to celebrate the day – everyone is invited to come and find out more about community health and care.
Stephen Collman, CEO at NCH&C, said: “Community Health and Care Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the compassion and dedication that goes into community care every day. Our mission to look after people locally drives us to bring our expert care to patients in our community hospitals, within GP surgeries, medical centres, and in their own homes every single day. The breadth of expertise within community health care really is extraordinary – it is a remarkable sector and incredibly rewarding to work in.
Anyone who wishes to get involved with Community Health and Care Day 2022 can head to the campaign page for ideas of how to show support. You can also download Community Health and Care Day social media assets, posters and flyers, to say a big ‘thank you’ to your local community healthcare teams.