People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are being invited by local chief nurses to join in celebrations marking International Nurses Day (Tuesday 12 May) by thanking local nurses for the expert care they deliver 24/7.

2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and it also marks the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of the modern nursing profession, and so it is an especially important time to mark the invaluable work of nurses.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s chief nurses said:

“We would like to thank you all for the vital work you all do to look after the local community every day.  This year more than any, we are particularly proud of your continued commitment to caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, and helping people to get back on their feet and caring for those with other health conditions.

“There are over 8700 highly skilled nurses in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland working in a wide variety of roles and locations, including in hospitals, in the community, in GP practices and in clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). You all thoroughly deserve to be congratulated for the contribution you make to our local health service. “

As celebrations for International Nurses Day are not able to take place in person, the chief nurses are asking people to join in with national virtual celebrations to show thanks and respect to nurses by putting a light, or a drawing of a light, in their window at 8pm on 12 May. People can also share their thanks on social media using #InternationalNursesDay.

Read our message to all LPT nurses and staff here.