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Norfolk and Waveney’s frontline healthcare workers are being celebrated for their extraordinary efforts during the pandemic.

The World Health Organisation declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in recognition of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. 

But the celebrations were largely put on hold as coronavirus put health and social care services under unprecedented pressure.

This year, International Day of the Midwife took place on Wednesday, and Wednesday, May 12  is International Nurses’ Day, marking the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and celebrating the achievements of the nursing profession. 

Nursing and midwifery colleagues from across Norfolk and Waveney will be taking part in a day of virtual celebration, reflection and focus on wellbeing on Wednesday, 14 months after the declaration of the pandemic. 

Guest speakers and international contributions will reflect on the last year and recognise their vital role.

Anna Morgan, a nurse for more than 30 years and director of workforce for the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership, said the days were a fantastic opportunity to recognise the efforts of the local workforce, “many of whom have gone above and beyond to care for patients” during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Their bravery, compassion and commitment in the face of such an unprecedented global health challenge has been incredible. We thank each and every one of them,” she added.

Amanda Price-Davey has been a midwife for more than 25 years and is head of midwifery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. 

She said: “It is an exciting time for the midwifery profession as we enter the end of the national five-year transformation programme. There have been some real challenges to staff over the past year during the pandemic. 

“Nurses and midwives across the system have risen positively to these challenges, demonstrating real pride in their work and the care they deliver.

“We are still pushing forward with our plans to transform maternity services; making them safer, kinder and more compassionate and ensuring that hospitals within Norfolk and Waveney are among the best places to work in the country for our staff.”

To find out more about a carer in midwifery, visit: www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/midwifery