Swindon Youth Dance Centre

This piece by Swindon Youth Dance Company celebrates Bristol’s long connection with the NHS and medical provision providing care and services to the Southwest. Starting with the founding of the Bristol Royal Infirmary back in the 18th century, and later a Childrens ward and General Hospital – Bristol was a pioneering city within the medical world. With the formation of the National Health service (NHS) in 1948, medical provision within Bristol continued to grow and today is home to an array of specialist hospitals providing much needed care to Bristol residents and the Southwest.

Our piece looks back at the NHS as they celebrated their 75th anniversary in July 2023. Working with students at the Oxford Brookes campus in Swindon, our students developed a real insight into the Nursing world. The piece looks at the challenges within the roles of nursing, from long hours, busy days, routines and being on your feet; to the human side of empathy, professionalism and supporting each other; to working with patients and families. The piece explores the hardships and journeys, but also celebrates the importance of the NHS on us all.



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Dance (Queen Square)

A group of young adults in nurses uniforms pose around a welcome sign for the Joel Joffe building at Swindon Campus. A library entrance is seen in the background.