75th Anniversary of the NHS in Scotland

5 July 2023

Get Involved
Get Involved

We are encouraging as many staff, patients, communities and organisations as possible to mark the 75th Anniversary of the NHS both in the weeks leading up to 5 July 2023 and on the day itself. 

To help you get involved we have developed a Stakeholder Communications and Engagement Toolkit which includes Key Messages, Ways to Celebrate, Social Media and Digital Assets and much more. 

Our Stakeholder Communications and Engagement Toolkit is available for download via WeTransfer and DropBox 

A graphic device has also been created for stakeholders, partners and third party organisations to show their support for the 75th Anniversary and is available in a range of formats.

The Supporting device can be downloaded via Dropbox and WeTransfer

You can help raise awareness and mark the 75th Anniversary of the NHS by:  

  • Following @NHSScotland and liking, sharing or retweeting content; 

  • Using #nhsscot75 across all social media; Searching #nhsscot75 and liking, sharing or retweeting content from NHSScotland organisations, its partners and the public;  

  • Using the 75th Anniversary supporting graphic device on materials, publications and for activity in conjunction with the anniversary 

  • On the evening of Wednesday 5 July - Light your buildings, historic monuments or other high-profile sites in blue - Share your pictures using #lightupblue and #nhsscot75

UK Wide Activity

NHSScotland and the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are working with partners on a number of activities which will be taking place throughout the UK during the 75th Anniversary year including Parkrun for the NHS and a Royal Mint Commemorative Coin. Full details and additional toolkits for you to support and get involved can be found below.

Light Up Blue for the 75th Anniversary of the NHS 2023 

To help mark the Anniversary, we’re encouraging as many buildings, historic monuments and other high-profile sites as possible across the country to ‘light up blue’ on the evening of Wednesday 5 July. People are encouraged to take photos and share them via social media using the hashtags: #NHSScot75 and #LightUpBlue  

  • If you have a building or similar which can Light Up Blue, we’d love to add them to our list – please email details to NHSScotCorpComms@gov.scot 

  • On the evening of Wednesday 5 July 2023 we’d love to see your photos on social media, please share them share using #NHSScot75 #LightUpBlue 

Download the Light Up Blue Toolkit via WeTransfer and DropBox 


Parkrun for the NHS 

NHSScotland and the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are partnering with parkrun UK for parkrun for the NHS. Parkrun for the NHS will take place at parkrun events across the country on Saturday 8 July and at junior parkrun events on Sunday 9 July. 

This is an opportunity, and a fun way for people to come together and be active outdoors, whilst recognising and celebrating the incredible contribution of the NHS to the health of Scotland.

As part of this nationwide celebration, we would like to encourage NHS colleagues and volunteers, as well as local communities, to ‘parkrun for the NHS’  

This is the second time parkrun UK and the NHS have worked together in this way. In 2018, for the 70th anniversary of the NHS, an incredible UK-wide celebration was held which saw more than 146,000 people taking part as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers. 

Download the Parkrun for the NHS Toolkit via WeTransfer and DropBox 


Royal Mint Commemorative Coin 

To help mark the 75th anniversary, The Royal Mint has launched a specially designed 50p coin. The coin, which is part of a commemorative collection, will raise money for the UK wide charity, NHS Charities Together. 

Download the Royal Mint Commemorative Coin Toolkit via WeTransfer and DropBox