Creative competition for children celebrates 70 years of the NHS

  • 01 June 2018


Primary school children in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are being invited to get creative for a children’s art competition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched the competition to encourage children to find out more about what the NHS does and to think about its future, before the 70th anniversary on 5 July.

The competition is open to children aged three – 11 years old and local schools and youth groups are being encouraged to support their pupils and members to take part. Three lucky creative winners will receive fun prizes themed around a healthy, active lifestyle. 

Clinical chair of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Jonathan Hayes, said:  “The NHS must surely be our most valued national institution and this year’s anniversary is a great opportunity to celebrate the fact that we have this service and express our gratitude for all its dedicated staff.

“We also want to engage young people in thinking about the NHS and its role in society and this competition offers a fun and engaging way to do that with a range of categories targeting different ages. Prizes include a 3 months family leisure centre membership at Strode, Clevedon and Parish Wharf, Portishead, plus family passes for Jump and PlaySpace soft play centres in Bristol.

“I hope parents, guardians, teachers and youth group leaders will help to promote this creative opportunity and encourage and support children to take part.”

The art and creative writing competition emphasises thinking about the local NHS in the past and imagining what it could be like in another 70 years. There is also a focus on celebrating the hard working teams who work in our local NHS.

The three competition categories are:

  • Three to six years old are invited to pair images with text describing the role of different NHS professionals.
  • Six to 11 years old children can ‘draw the future’ to show what sort of machines health professionals might use in the future.
  • Six to 11 year olds can also choose instead to write a short story imagining a day in the life of a health professional.

The competition closes on 5 July.