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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has dedicated 2020 to nurses and midwives, providing a "once in a generation opportunity" to showcase the professions

Chosen to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the celebration is a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlighting the crucial role they play in improving health, supporting service delivery and driving innovation.

In Scotland, a number of celebratory events will take place across the course of the year, including International Day of the Midwife (Tuesday 5 May) and International Nurses Day (Tuesday 12 May). Resources and information will be made available throughout the year at

Graham Watson, Executive Chairman at SHIL comments:

“Nurses have been the driving force of some of our most successful and most innovative products, including the Patient Transfer Scale and the Infection Management Game; so we are delighted 2020 has been designated International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organisation.

“At SHIL, we truly believe those best placed to devise new ways of improving patient care are those working at the heart of our health service; so during this special year of celebrations we will be working closely with our partners to recognise the entrepreneurial achievements of nurses and midwives and encourage more to come forward with innovative ideas to improve patient care.”

Stay up to date with activity on social media via #ScotNurses2020 and #ScotMidwives2020.

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