Staff at The Christie Private Care and The Christie are honoured with a Celebration Service on International Nurses’ Day

Posted May 16, 2018

To mark International Nurses’ Day, The Christie Private Care, part of HCA Healthcare UK, and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust jointly honoured their nurses with a non-denominational Service of Celebration featuring The Christie Choir.

The service took place in the Auditorium at The Christie and nurses, consultants and staff gathered to mark the dedication and professionalism of nurses at both The Christie Private Care and The Christie, and also nurses from HCA Healthcare UK sister facilities in the North West; HCA Healthcare UK at The Wilmslow Hospital and The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance, who were also in attendance.

The celebration involved singing, led by the resident choir, and a number of readings from staff at both The Christie Private Care and The Christie; including The Christie Private Care’s Regional Chief Nursing Officer, Annette Weatherley, and Jackie Bird, Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Quality, from The Christie.

All of the nurses in attendance were given a card and pen, and invited to write down a message; either about their role i.e. ‘what is important to your job?’ or ‘why are you a nurse?’ or a personal wish/prayer. Everyone was then presented with a symbolic electronic tea light to place on a large image of Florence Nightingale’s lamp. After the service, refreshments were provided and the nurses were given chocolate hearts as a thank you for their outstanding commitment to patient care.
International Nurses’ Day is traditionally celebrated every year on the 12th May with a candle lamp service at Westminster Abbey, and marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing and is celebrated worldwide to mark the contributions nurses make in healthcare.

Regional Chief Nursing Officer at HCA Healthcare UK and The Christie Private Care, Annette Weatherley, said: “International Nurses’ Day provides us with a fantastic opportunity to reward our staff and recognise the hard work and dedication they put in every day to ensure our patients receive high-quality care delivered within a friendly, comfortable and compassionate environment.

“I feel very fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated team of nurses, and staff, at our hospital, so it’s a pleasure to pay tribute to the vital role they play in the successful running of The Christie Private Care.”

The Christie Private Care is a partnership between HCA Healthcare UK and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. The Christie Private Care provides specialist care for patients with cancer, working with Europe’s largest single site cancer centre.