Our NHS turns 70

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To celebrate the NHS turning 70 we asked our staff to share their special NHS stories so that we can reflect on some of the amazing and inspirational work that the NHS do every single day. Here are just a few of them…

To celebrate the NHS turning 70 we asked our staff to share their special NHS stories so that we can reflect on some of the amazing and inspirational work that the NHS do every single day. Here are just a few of them…

Overcoming the odds to pursue a dream career

Iffy Khawaja, our Physical Education and School Sports course leader thanks the NHS for where he is today, after he suffered a nasty double break in his right leg and ankle and as a result also memory loss at just 18 years old through a sporting performance.

After spending 5 months in a wheelchair before moving onto crutches Iffy was told that his sporting career was over. But, despite the odds, the incredible support and care that Iffy received meant was able to exceed his A levels and secured a place on his desired university course… to become a teacher in Physical Education.

“The NHS means what I am able to do today. I can walk, run, teach, play sport, and remember again. More importantly, it means I have learnt about the pressures staff working within the NHS environment face on a tough, daily basis.
The NHS means a wider family of professionals working collaboratively to support all people’s public health, regardless of gender, ethnic background or ability. A service that consumers undervalue and staff overworked, yet professionalism and duty/standard of care is never compromised”

Inspiring care for our loved ones

Julie Quick, our senior lecturer in Operating Department Practice starting training to be a nurse 29 years again in April 1989. After just one week on the programme, Julie’s dad was admitted with worsening of shortness of breath, that had originally been treated as bronchitis, but a repeat scan found a myxoma tumour in the left ventricle of his heart.

Julie’s dad was rushed straight to hospital for open heart surgery to remove the tumour, as at that time myxoma tumours were extremely rare and most patients died before diagnosis. Julie and her family anxiously awaited the news, praying that the surgery went well and that her dad survived, which thankfully was good news and he was now intubated on ITU.

As a new first year student nurse, Julie was very inquisitive and amazed by the care that the nurses and doctors gave to her dad and to her family.

“Dad took a long time to recover, more psychologically than physically, but he wouldn’t be here at all of it wasn’t for the NHS and the dedicated sonographer, surgeons, anaesthetists, theatre and ward staff. I completed my nurse training moving into theatre when I qualified fascinated by the surgeries that could be performed and the one to one care I could provide and although I never got to see any cardiac surgery I was honoured to perform some minor surgery working in my most last NHS role as a Surgical Care Practitioner.


“Last year dad was breathless again and the surgeon wondered whether the tumour had returned. Thankfully after tests Dad only needed a replacement heart valve but the risk of open heart surgery again filled me with trepidation, however this time the specialist was able to perform the surgery through a small cut in the groin while he was awake.
“This reminds me how far the NHS has come over the past three decades. Surgery and technology has developed at a fast rate and the NHS has had to change to move with it.”

After dedicated 27 years to working in the NHS, Julie left in 2016 to take up a full time post in Higher Education to pass on some of her knowledge to the NHS workforce of the future.

More stories are displayed at City South in the social study spaces, so if you are on campus for a limited time only so please take a wonder and have a read.

To celebrate what the NHS means to our faculty we are hosting a tea party, inviting staff and students across the entire university to join in and celebrate a service that is vitally important for us all. We will be raising money for Caring Minds charity with a delicious bake sale.

We hope to see you there.

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