We’ve launched a National Day!!
A new national day to celebrate NHS community health and care
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust turned ten on 1 November 2020 and we saw this as an excellent opportunity to establish a day especially for community health and care providers. It is often an overlooked part of the NHS and we feel it is important to raise the profile of this vital sector. There are over 48,000 community services staff in the UK, including 11,300 health visitors and 5,400 district nurses. Each of these staff members should be celebrated and get involved in this event. No such national day exists to mark the work of community health and care providers and the time felt right to do so.
The new national awareness day has been launched as an opportunity for NHS community health and care providers to show the breadth of work they do to keep the population healthy and well. Community health and care is the foundation of NHS services: 90% of contacts between health professionals and patients occur in the community or in patient’s homes.
Community trusts offer an extensive range of NHS services from promoting good health, delivering sophisticated and complex healthcare at home, intervening to prevent worsening health and helping people live with and manage their long term conditions but they are rarely in the spotlight and don’t often make the headlines. It is hoped that setting up a national day will mean that community organisations across the country can raise the profile of this vital part of the NHS.
Watch this space for more news as to how you can help us mark this day and celebrate community staff and services.