Resource materials

The following NHSScotland 60th Anniversary resource materials have been produced to support organisations mark this historic occasion.


A special NHSScotland identity and branding guidelines have been created for the 60th Anniversary. The identity can be used by organisations on all materials relating to the celebrations.

National and Local Events

A number of key national events are planned to officially recognise the Anniversary. NHS Boards have also arranged a number of local events within their Board area.

PR Activity

The Cabinet Secretary officially announced the launch of the 60th Anniversary celebrations on 6th May 2008. The launch took place 60 days prior to the actual Anniversary date which is 5 July 2008.

Ways to Celebrate (pdf)

The 60th Anniversary provides a perfect opportunity to involve everyone in the celebrations. These suggested Ways to Celebrate have been created to help you to generate ideas to involve staff, patients and communities in the celebratory activity.

Interactive History Timeline

This interactive history timeline explores the visual changes and milestone for the NHSScotland from its launch in 1948 to the present day.

Historical Milestones (pdf)

These milestones provide a snapshot of the key historical dates and events spanning the last 60 years of NHSScotland.

Did you know?

There are a number of interesting facts and figures about NHSScotland which you may not know about.

Useful Links and Sources

There are many websites, books and other sources which tell the history of NHSScotland. Here are some of the key sources and web links which will help you find out more about the history of NHSScotland.