By: 27 September 2019
Competition celebrating 100 years of ‘Always Caring, Always Nursing’ opens up for entries

It’s time to reach for the colouring pencils and get creative as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) launches a competition marking the centenary of nursing regulation.

100 years on from when Ethel Fenwick won her hard fought campaign for professional regulation of nurses in the UK, the NMC will celebrate with the release of a specially designed commemorative pin badge.

Ahead of the Year of the Nurse and Year of the Midwife in 2020, the professional regulator is inviting those on the register to get inspired and submit an engaging design of what the prestigious badge should look like.

The winning design will be given to long-standing nurses on the register as a wearable limited-edition pin badge.

How to enter:

·        Create a design that celebrates 100 years of professional pride.

·       The design will need to fit onto a circular badge. The finished badge will be approximately 25mm wide.

·       Please use a maximum of four colours.

·       Words as well as images can be included.

·       Designs can be submitted in any format.

·       Entries to be sent via email to or via postage to Pin Badge Competition, NMC, 23 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PZ.

·       For all submissions, please include a completed entry form which can be downloaded here

·      The deadline for all entries is Tuesday 15 October 2019

Andrea Sutcliffe, CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said: “The passion and dedication that just drips out of the fingertips of nurses and midwives across the UK, and nursing associates in England, is a joy to see. As their professional regulator, it’s such a privilege for the NMC to support them to provide the best and safest care possible which we know makes such a difference for everyone in our communities.

“Our ‘Always Caring, Always Nursing’ celebrations have got off to a great start with some inspiring stories, but we also wanted to create something tangible to honour the hundreds of thousands of amazing nurses on our register. That’s why we are launching this competition to create a special symbol of professional pride.

“I hope as many people as possible will take part in depicting what the past, present and future 100 years means to them, and I can’t wait to see what I’m sure will be some fantastic entries.”