News posted 6 July, 2021

MFT Colleague attended special NHS National Service of Thanksgiving

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Emma Davies, Senior Clinical Scientist in Virology at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust attended the National Service of Thanksgiving to represent our Trust. This prestigious event took place on the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the NHS at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Monday 5 July 2021.

The symbolic event was extra special for those NHS staff who were on the frontline in the battle against the pandemic. They were at the heart of the special service of commemoration and thanksgiving. The event also recognised the dedication and commitment of all those who played their part in responding to COVID-19 across the NHS, the care sector, and beyond.

Emma Davies, who travelled to London for the special event, commented; “I am honoured to have been asked to attend what was a very moving service, and to have the added bonus of it taking part in such a beautiful setting as St Paul’s Cathedral was wonderful. The organisers were extremely welcoming, and we were made to feel very special with staff representing all areas of the NHS in attendance and also patients and their families. It was humbling to be a part of something commemorating not only the incredible hard work of the last 18 months, but also the dedication of healthcare workers throughout the history of the NHS.”

Emma was invited to the event, for her outstanding contribution to the pandemic. She was responsible for introducing COVID-19 testing to the Manchester laboratories at the start of 2020. Since then, Emma has dedicated her time to overseeing this service for patients and staff in our hospitals, across Greater Manchester and the North West. Earlier this year, her efforts were recognised by the Duke of Cambridge, as he personally thanked her over a phone call.