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World Health Organisation Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020

Collection Issue Date: 12th May 2020

An eight stamp collection to mark International Nurses Day

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a set of stamps that celebrates eight of the primary disciplines a Nursing or Midwifery professional would undertake around the world today. The issue date coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, celebrated annually as International Nurses Day.

The issue has been developed alongside the Isle of Man's Department of Health and Social Care, who have assisted in sharing their expertise and knowledge of Nursing upon the Island. The stamps feature imagery of influential Nursing figures from the Isle of Man; Nelly Brennan, Esther Jane Bridson and Sarah Forester, as well as the Lady with the Lamp, Florence Nightingale.

The set of eight stamps covers a broad range of Nursing and Midwifery practices, providing an all encapsulating insight into the vocation. The following sectors are pictured and discussed, selected by head Nurse Catherine Quilliam; Midwifery, Health Visiting/School Nursing, Hospital Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Practice Nursing, Community Nursing, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Older People and End of Life Nursing.

Funds raised from sales of this issue will be in aid of the Community Nursing Charitable Trust, a Manx charity set up to provide funding for the continued development of local nurses and midwives.

Issue Information

This eight stamp collection represents the eight disciplines of nursing and midwifery within the Isle of Man.


Midwives are responsible for the pre, peri and post-natal care of women and babies.

Working in maternity units and community settings, midwives provide support and education. The profession has diversified and many midwives hold specialist posts, caring for pregnant women with special needs.

Health Visiting/School Nursing

Health Visitors provide health-enhancing advice and support to families with children up to school age. School Nurses oversee the wellbeing of children, and young people, from the age of 5 to 18. They engage youngsters in health promotional activities, including immunisation programmes.

Hospital Nursing

Nurses undertake numerous duties within the hospital setting and are pivotal in delivering and coordinating patient care. Although the majority work on the wards, many deliver care in other areas such as the emergency department, outpatients and operating theatre. Specialist nurses manage their own caseloads of patients and provide expert advice to patients and fellow colleagues.

Mental Health Nursing

Patients with acute or ongoing mental health issues are cared for by specialist nurses working in the hospital setting or out in the community. Practitioners also care for patients who are experiencing mental health crises; and for those with special needs such as drug or alcohol dependency, memory problems and dementia.

Practice Nursing

Practice nurses work in GP surgeries where they hold their own clinics. They undertake many roles including immunisation programmes, smear testing, wound care and monitoring patients with chronic illnesses such as asthma or diabetes. Nurses who have completed additional training can also diagnose and prescribe medication for patients in their care.

Community Nursing

Patients are cared for in the community by District Nurses and specialist nurses who provide expertise in areas such as wound care, chronic conditions, dementia care and prisoner health. Community Nurses treat patients in their homes, or community clinics, where they work closely with GPs and other health professionals to deliver integrated care.

 Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Nurse Practitioners have undertaken additional training which enables them to perform advanced diagnostic assessments of patients in their care. They are independent practitioners whose skills are utilised in hospital and community settings.

Older People and End of Life Nursing

Patients in their later years, or those nearing the end of life, are cared for by nurses who are adept at addressing their special needs - such as pain relief or the management of age-related conditions. Care is delivered in the patient’s own home, including care homes, or in the hospice.

Key figures included in the design

Florence Nightingale

The Lady with the Lamp was born in Italy on 12th May, 1820. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds. Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform; and, in 1860, she set up the first training school for nurses. She died 13th August 1910 in London.

Nelly Brennan

Nelly Brennan was a humble mangle-woman who came to prominence during the cholera epidemic of 1832-3. Whilst others shunned the gravely ill, Nelly visited them in their homes and ensured they were cared for. In recognition of her altruism, she was made the first Matron of the Douglas Hospital and Dispensary in 1850.

Esther Jane Bridson

Esther Jane Bridson was the first Matron of the Westmoreland Road Noble’s Hospital when it opened on the 11th September 1912. She remained in post for seventeen years and was held in high respect by the hospital committee, as well as those she had cared for.

Sarah Forester

Sarah Forester was Matron of the Island’s first purpose-built maternity home (now Crookall House) when it opened in 1939. She held the post for fourteen years and oversaw the births of over 5000 babies - one of which was the first Manx baby to be born during the Second World War.


We would like to thank all of our Nurses and Midwives - both past and present - for delivering the very highest standard of care, to generations of Island residents, from cradle to end of life.

Technical Information

Text Amanda Phillips - Care Quality & Safety Coordinator DHSC
Design DM Design Isle of Man
Printer Lowe Martin
Process Offset Lithography
Colours 4
Paper 110gms PVA gummed
Perforations 14 per 2cms
Stamp Size 40 x 40mm
No of Stamps 8
Format 12 stamps per sheet
Date of Issue 12th May 2020

Collection Products

2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife Collection
2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife Collection

Product Code: YG43
Product Issue Date: 12th May 2020

The perfect collection to mark the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
This beautifully presented collection contains one first day cover and one presentation pack, presented together in an illustrated 'Year of the Nurse and Midwife' wrap.

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Price: £18.37


Year of the Nurse and Midwife Set and Sheet Set
Year of the Nurse and Midwife Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: YG31
Product Issue Date: 12th May 2020

In this issue of 8 stamps we celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Island’s health care workers and join the World Health Organisation in marking the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

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Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 Presentation Pack
Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 Presentation Pack

Product Code: YG41
Product Issue Date: 12th May 2020

The stamps contained within this four page glossy folder are intended to recognise the invaluable role that medical professionals maintain within a community; especially within the Isle of Man.

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Price: £9.21


Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 First Day Cover
Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 First Day Cover

Product Code: YG91
Product Issue Date: 12th May 2020

This official Isle of Man Post Office First Day cover features the complete collection of the eight stamp issue celebrating the eight primary disciplines a Nursing or Midwife professional would undertake around the world today. The stamps are cancelled with a first day of issue postmark.

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Price: £9.16



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