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In recognition of Armed Forces Week Defence Nursing Advisor wrote to the Independent Health Sector and the NHS Chief Nursing Officers for England, Wales, Scotland and NI. We are delighted to share extracts from their replies.

CNO England

The joint working we have seen over the last 4 months has been outstanding; from the construction of the Nightingales and indeed the nursing staff within, to logistics and incident response. The NHS and the armed forces have forged stronger links.
During my shifts at the Nightingale in London I worked with some outstanding individuals, many of whom were reservists. Their experience and expertise, often honed in the most challenging circumstances, was clear to see and added an important perspective to the teams.
It is a shame that Covid has curtailed so many of our celebrations in 2020, the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and of course this week for Armed Forces Week. What we have seen, however, is a ground swell of appreciation for our profession and as you mention stronger links between our organisations. It’s important to me, and our profession that we build on this and I look forward to continuing our work together.

From CNO Wales

I hope you and your colleagues receive the recognition you all richly deserve during Armed Forces Week. Over the years that I have been CNO I have had many interactions and experiences with the nurse reservists attached to the 203 Welsh Field Hospital. I have always been impressed with how being reservists develops their skills and more importantly their confidence in clinical decision making. This was evident to me when I visited them when deployed to Camp Bastion a few years ago – they were truly impressive. Much of what they learned made its way back in to the NHS in Wales and continues to do so.
If there is anything I can personally do to support you and your colleagues, please just say. You have my utmost respect and admiration in all that you do collectively on behalf of the nation.

From CNO Northern Ireland

The Armed Forces play on important role in healthcare across our nations and I have always been made feel very welcome by the forces. There is also a lot of shared learning across our different work environments which personally I have found extremely useful. So in Armed Forces week I am sorry we cannot celebrate but I would if I could extend my thanks to all personnel for the fabulous work you do and hope we will have a chance to meet soon.


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