The Institute of Health Visiting wishes a very happy 73rd birthday to our fabulous NHS. In recognition of the enormous contribution that the NHS has made to the health and wellbeing of the country, the Queen has awarded the George Cross to the NHS as the service marks its anniversary today.

In a personal message, the Queen said NHS staff across the UK had worked “with courage, compassion and dedication” for more than 70 years.


The Duke of Cambridge is hosting a Buckingham Palace tea later to thank NHS workers.

The awarding of the George Cross by the Queen is made on the advice of the George Cross Committee and the prime minister. This latest award is only the third time the George Cross has been given to a collective body, country or organisation, rather than an individual.