Community nursing celebrated as SCFT marks International Nurses Day
12 May 2020

Community nursing celebrated as SCFT marks International Nurses Day

Community nurses working across Sussex are being celebrated today (Tuesday, May 12), marking International Nurses Day in style.

The day has been made extra special because it is celebrated on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who was a leading pioneer of nursing, in a year designated by the World Health Organisation as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of community NHS health and care across Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, High Weald Lewes and Havens and West Sussex and employs around 5,000 staff – 1,500 of them nurses – working together in multidisciplinary teams providing essential medical, nursing and therapeutic care to adults, children, young people and families in clinics, community hospitals, GP surgeries, and in people’s own homes.

Susan Marshall, SCFT’s Chief Nurse, said: “I want to thank each and every one of our amazing nurses today for the incredible work that they do every day providing excellent and compassionate care to our patients.

“Nobody could have predicted that when the World Health Organisation announced 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife that we would be responding to a global pandemic, but the challenges that we have faced during the last few weeks, and the way that we are responding, make me even prouder of the profession.”

To mark the day, nurses from across SCFT are sharing their stories on the Trust’s website and social media platforms, showcasing the incredible breadth of skills, expertise and knowledge of modern community nursing.

Sue added: “Community nursing has changed so much over the last decade. Our nurses work tirelessly across our hospital and community sites, constantly providing high quality, exceptional healthcare to our patients.

“We all come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, truly representing the communities that we serve.

“We touch so many people’s lives and that’s a real privilege. We are often there supporting people when they are at their most vulnerable, whether that be through recovery, at the start of their lives, or at the very end of their lives, and that’s a privilege we should never take for granted.”

Read some of our nurses’ stories and follow the celebrations on Twitter at @nhs_sct.