Skip to content

Heather Ashcroft was thrilled to be shortlisted in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and Nursing Times competition to design a pin badge to help commemorate the centenary of the nursing register.

The competition attracted more than 50 entries from across the UK and because Heather’s entry was shortlisted as one of the top 10 designs, she was invited to St Thomas’s Hospital in London for a celebratory evening.

Heather, a Senior Lecturer and Faculty Coordinator for Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions of the Department of Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “I've always loved art and drawing. This, coupled with being a nurse and health visitor, seemed a perfect opportunity to show my passion for both art and nursing.”

Her design featured five nurses representing the equality and diversity of nurses from all backgrounds, care settings, and specialisms.

Heather explained: “All of the nurses are standing on their own – representing autonomy – but also working together in a collaborative way by holding the banner ‘always caring, always nursing’. Collectively, they represent professional pride.”

During the event, there were speeches from Philip Graf, Chair of NMC, Christie Watson, former nurse and author of a best-selling book The Language of Kindness –A Nurse’s Story.

Geraldine Walters CBE, Director of Education Standards, and Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, provided motivation and pride in nursing and the evening finished with a performance by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir.

Heather added: “I was so pleased to have been shortlisted, to be able to get recognition from a national competition, especially from the NMC and Nursing Times meant a lot to me.

“It was a real privilege to be invited to such an event and hear from some inspirational nurses and leaders of nursing. I was proud to not only be representing my profession, but also the University of Chester.

“It was a wonderful experience to be part of the centenary celebrations and meet some truly inspirational people.”

Share this content