#NHSwhereIstarted campaign calls on NHS workforce to inspire next generation

Danny Mortimer in conversation

03 / 2 / 2016 9am

NHS Employers is calling on staff in the NHS to share images of their first jobs in the NHS on Twitter as part of #NHSwhereIstarted, a new social media campaign.

In its first week, the campaign has seen more than 3,200 tweets and 1,480 participants share their stories, including senior leaders such as Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, Prem Singh, Chairman at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers. 

Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers, said: 

“I started when I was 18, and fell utterly for the NHS and its work. The #NHSwhereIstarted campaign is an engaging way for employers to highlight how the NHS has shaped their careers, and to demonstrate their support to keep doing this for the future generations. We want to commit and attract young talented people into the NHS who have so much to offer, both now and in the future. Increasing the number of young people working for the NHS will have a significant impact on the sustainability of the workforce and contribute towards better patient care.

The campaign is part of NHS Employers ThinkFuture programme of work, and highlights the benefits of employing young people and the skills they can bring to the NHS. Many of today’s leading figures in healthcare have had long careers in the NHS and they recognise that young people in the NHS have the energy and commitment to make a real difference.


Notes to editors: 

  • NHS Employers is part of the NHS Confederation charity and supports employers to put patients first. It provides a voice for employers on national policy decisions, produces up-to-date guidance for leaders and managers and leads on national pay negotiations.
  • Get involved by:
    • following @ThinkFutureNHS on Twitter
    • emailing thinkfuture@nhsemployers.org with suggestions of people we could feature as part of the campaign
  • The NHS Confederation represents 85 per cent of NHS providers and commissioners. The organisation has nearly 500 members across health and social care, including hospitals, community and mental health providers, ambulance trusts and independent sector organisations providing NHS care. It is the only membership body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole NHS.
  • Follow Danny Mortimer on Twitter @NHSE_Danny. Or follow NHS Employers @nhsemployers or the NHS Confederation press office @NHSConfed_Press
  • For media queries, contact Veronica Parker (Senior Media Officer - 020 7799 8633 / veronica.parker@nhsconfed.org) or Sarah Ghabina (Media Manager - 020 7799 8637 / sarah.ghabina@nhsconfed.org). For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call the Duty Press Officer on 07880 500 726.

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