The HUC Executive team including COO Wendy Tankard, Director of HR and Communication Becky Turner, Medical Director Dr Rafid Aziz and Interim Finance Director Kendrick Macpherson will be attending a prestigious national celebration to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The celebration, which will take place on the NHS’s birthday on the 5 July will pay tribute to NHS staff and patients who have contributed to the health service over the last 70 years.

National services are taking place at both Westminster Abbey and York Minster.

In York, performances will be given by the NHS Greenwich and Lewisham choir who will singing their latest single, With a Little Help from My Friends; and Britain’s Got Talent finalists, the B-Positive Choir.

Around 3,000 NHS staff from across the country are expected to attend the national ceremonies alongside representatives of charities, councils, and other key partners who work with the NHS.

Celebrations for the NHS milestone birthday are taking place up and down the country over the next week, recognising the achievements of the NHS over the last seven decades.  Staff celebrations will be shining a light on the staff who are there to support and care for patients every day.

Sir Malcolm Grant, NHS England chairman, said: “The NHS’s 1.5m staff work hard every day to keep the people of this country well and they deserve to be celebrated. We want to say a huge thank you for all the hard work and extra effort our staff have contributed over the last 70 years – without you we wouldn’t be the world class service we are today.”

HUC CEO David Archer said: ”The Executive team and I are thrilled to be attending the service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday. We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of HUC this year, and in our ten year history, we have worked hard to grow from a small local provider to a highly regarded cross-regional NHS111 and Primary Care provider. HUC are proud to provide high quality patient care to the patients of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Luton and Bedfordshire. Our staff are extremely dedicated and NHS70 is a brilliant opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone working in our services.”

For more information about the birthday celebrations, including local events, visit: www.nhs70.nhs.uk.