BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital celebrate International Nurses Day

BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital is celebrating all nurses, everywhere, as part of International Nurses Day 2020.

The work of all nurses and healthcare workers has been brought into sharp focus in recent weeks, with this year’s theme of ‘nursing the world to health’ relevant now more than ever.

Claire Armstrong, executive director at the private hospital in Harrow, said: “The whole country, the whole world, is coming together. While we take time with each other here at our hospital, we join the wider international community in celebrating all nurses, everywhere.

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Claire became the youngest ever Executive Director when she took over Clementine Churchill in 2017 at the age of 30

“In setting this year’s theme, The International Council of Nurses has said the focus is on the ‘true value of nurses to the people of the world’. I think we have seen that demonstrated so much, on our television screens and in our communities.

“I applaud that commitment and add my own personal thanks to everyone keeping our communities safe.”

Claire (third from left) with colleagues. (This photo was taken in pre-social distancing times)


The hospital, along with all the independent hospital sector, is currently working as part of the wider NHS and that social distancing has also prompted them to start delivering remote consultations with consultants, private GPs and physiotherapists via telephone and video.


The Clementine Churchill Hospital has 121 beds, five theaters and level 2 and 3 critical care beds. They were rated ‘good’ in 2019 across all assessed criteria by the Care Quality Commission. They currently employ just over 600 staff at the hospital.


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International Nurses Day takes place on Florence Nightingale’s birthday each year – this is the 200th anniversary of her birth. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

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The WHO states the nursing is the largest occupational group in the health sector, accounting for some 59% of the health professions.

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