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Marking a National Health Circus

Published: 4 November 2018
Reporter: David Upton

A nurse is appealing to colleagues for help in an unusual celebration of the NHS’s 70th birthday.

Jen Street is a bank nurse mainly working in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary... but she also has circus skills.

She plans to combine more than 20 years experience in the NHS with her passion for performance to produce a theatre piece called Why Do We Care?.

Jen, who lives in Ulverston, is of Jamaican and English heritage so is particularly keen to hear from all cultures who make up the NHS.

She was an auxiliary nurse for 15 years before becoming a registered nurse six years ago.

Prior to her nursing career, she attended Circus Central circus and physical theatre school in Newcastle, specialising in acrobatics and aerial.

She plans to use her physical theatre and acrobatic skills to reflect the very physical and busy sides to nursing. She will work with theatre professionals in preparation for her performance at The Dukes in January.

She would like to hear from NHS nurses past and present working in all sectors from medical to mental health.

They are invited to e-mail thoughts and stories by December 31 to or call 01524 220187 and leave a voicemail.