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NHS staff from Wandsworth attend special Westminster Abbey service to celebrate landmark 70th birthday

Staff from NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group attended a prestigious national celebration at Westminster Abbey today (Thursday 5 July) to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS. 

They joined around 2,400 NHS staff at the ceremony as well as representatives from charities, councils and other key partners who work with the NHS.

The service paid tribute to NHS staff and patients who have contributed to the health service over the last 70 years. 

CCG staff who attended included Managing Director James Blythe, Carol Varlaam, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement, Chief Pharmacist Nick Beavon, Dr Sian Job, GP and Clinical Lead for Patient and Public Involvement, Dr Stephen Deas, retired GP and Clinical Lead for End of Life Care. 
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Nick Beavon, who has worked as a pharmacist in the NHS for 32 years and was awarded a life-long Fellowship to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2016, said: 

“I am delighted to be attending the Westminster Abbey service to celebrate 70 years of the NHS and proud to be representing Wandsworth CCG. Having worked in the NHS for the last 32 years it has been privilege to have been working with so many dedicated and talented people who work in the NHS.  Contributing to the care of patients in whatever way we can and improve the lives and health of the population is a very rewarding job”.

Celebrations for the NHS milestone birthday are taking place across Wandsworth, the capital and the country this week, to recognise the NHS’s achievements over the last seven decades.   

Staff at Wandsworth CCG are held an NHS Big 7Tea Party at their Putney offices to celebrate and raise money for their chosen charity, the South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust Charitable Fund. 
With the South West London Health and Care Partnership, the CCG is also profiling '70 stars of health and social care' to celebrate everyone who is caring for patients and working to transform health and care services across Wandsworth and south west London. 

Wandsworth stars profiled so far include Karen Gray, Health Improvement Specialist and Registered General Nurse at St George’s University Hospital; Helen Smith, Administrator for Governance and Safeguarding at Wandsworth CCG; Alecia Ivers, Assistant Service Manager for the Community Adult Health Services Social Care Team at Wandsworth Council; and Nick Beavon.
Helen Smith who has worked for the NHS for seven and a half years said:
“I feel really proud to work for the NHS. Since my time working in Wandsworth I’ve worked with such great teams and individuals and there is a powerful vibe and commitment to keep the standards high for patients and the community.”

Read the ‘70 stars’ inspiring stories on the Wandsworth CCG website

Find out more about NHS70 at the NHS 70 website