NHS Health Campaigns 2022

January 2022

1st-31st January
Dry January

Challenging you to go alcohol free for 31 days and aims to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol.

16th January

World Religion Day

To promote inter-faith understanding and harmony.

27th January

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Remembering the people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

February 2022

LGBT+ History Month

To promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

4th February
World Cancer Day

Aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by encouraging individuals to take action.

4th February
Time To Talk Day

Getting people to talk about mental health and by doing so help change lives.

Suicide prevention

7th February – 13th February 


Annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships to shine a light on the amazing work being done by employers and apprentices across the country.

28th February – 6th March
Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Raising awareness about eating disorders, including the different types of eating disorders and the treatments available to combat them.

March 2022

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is a disease that can disrupt the normal function of the ovaries. If it’s left unchecked, it can affect other parts of the body too.

1st March 

Zero Discrimination Day

UN Aids

Celebrated by the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations. Aims to promote equality throughout all member countries.

5th March 

Overseas NHS Workers Day

Overseas NHS Workers Day is a recognition of the extraordinary contribution that people who have migrated to the UK have made in the fight against COVID-19

8th March

International Women’s Day

A global holiday celebrated annually to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.

9th March
No Smoking Day

Help encourage as many smokers as possible to quit on No Smoking Day by organising your own event.

10th March

World Kidney Day

To help raise awareness of kidneys and educate people on what they do and how to improve your kidney health.

14th-20th March 

Healthcare Science Week

Healthcare Science Week is an annual week-long programme designed to promote the work of healthcare science professionals.

14th-20th March 

Nutrition and Hydration Week

A shared objective to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.

18th March
World Sleep Day

A celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.

20th March
World Oral Health Day

Celebrated globally every year on 20 March. Organised by FDI World Dental Federation.

21st March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws.

28th March – 3rd April 

World Autism Acceptance Week


An opportunity to get involved in helping to create a society that supports autistic people.

31st March 

International Trans Day of Visibility

Celebrating trans and non-binary people and aiming to raise awareness of discrimination faced by trans and non-binary people worldwide.

April 2022

Student Nursing Awards

HSJ Student Nursing Awards

Bringing together the nursing community to shine a light on the brightest talent making their way into the profession.

1st-30th April
Stress Awareness Month

Increasing public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

26th April
Lesbian Visibility Day

Recognises and celebrates the contributions of lesbians.

28th April
On Your Feet Britain

Workers across Britain unite together and participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore at work.

May 2022

Advancing Healthcare Awards

Recognises and rewards projects for AHPs and healthcare scientists and the work they do to lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives.

AHA Awards

1st-31st May
National Walking Month

Encourages people to walk more throughout May.

5th May
Global Hand Hygiene Day

Prevention and control, including hand hygiene, is critical to achieve universal health coverage.

Infection control during COVID-19

3rd-9th May
Sun Awareness Week

Highlighting the importance of looking after your skin in the sun.

4th-9th May

Deaf Awareness Week

The aim of Deaf Awareness Week is to raise awareness of hearing loss in the UK and its impact on people’s lives.

Deaf Council

5th May

International Midwives Day

A day to celebrate midwives and showcase key stories from your nursing workforce in your organsiation.

International Confederation of Midwives

5th May

Global Hand Hygiene Day

Aiming to prevent healthcare-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control action.


9th-15th May
Mental Health Awareness Week

A UK event supported by the Mental Health Foundation. The aim is to educate the public about mental health issues and to promote better mental health.

11th May

National Staff Networks Day

The national day for staff networks aims to encourage collaboration, support aligned activity and further inspire the voice of network members.

National Day for Staff Networks

12th May

International Nurses Day

A day to celebrate nurses and showcase key stories from your nursing workforce in your organsiation.

International Council of Nurses

13th May

National Numeracy Day

Led by National Numeracy, this day involves different activites and events to encourage everyone to build their confidence with numbers.

National Numeracy

16th-22nd May

Learning at Work Week

Celebrate lifelong learning at work, explore learning and build learning cultures everywhere!

Campaign for Learning

17th May 

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

International events raising awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulating interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.

May 17

19th May

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

To get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/ impairments.

20th May

International Human Resources Day

An international day of recognition for all the hardworking HR and people professionals around the world.

June 2022

Pride Month

Pride is a time for everyone to celebrate who they are, with Pride events held across the country.

1st-7th June

Volunteers’ Week

The NHS is supported by around 2 million volunteers every year and most NHS organisations celebrate their contribution during National Volunteers’ Week.

6th-12th June

Bike Week

Encouraging people to get out cycling and switch to cycling as the best way to get around.

Cycling Week

6th-12th June 

National Carers Week

Raising awareness of caring by highlighting the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make.

Carers Week

13th-17th June

BNF Healthy Eating Week

Have 5 A Day; Drink plenty; Get active; and try something new.

British Nutritional Foundation (BNF) Healthy Eating Week

13th-19th June
Men’s Health Week

Led by the Men’s Health Forum to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage men and boys to seek professional advice for health-related problems.

14th June

World Blood Donor Day

Raising awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

Give Blood

16th June
National Clean Air Day

A chance for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action.

18th June

Autistic Pride Day

Recognising the importance of pride for autistic people and its role in bringing about positive changes in the broader society.

20th-26th June

Cervical Screening Awareness Week

Around 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year.

Jo’s Trust

20th-26th June

Learning Disability Week

Raising awareness about the issues that are important to people with a learning disability and their families and carers.


22nd June

UK Windrush Day

Marking the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on 22 June 1948.

25th June

Armed Forces Day

To commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces.

July 2022

18th July – 17th August 

South Asian Heritage Month

Aims to raise the profile and contribution of British South Asian history in the UK.

August 2022

1st August 

World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

The global campaign that aims to inform, anchor, engage and galvanise action on breastfeeding and related issues.

4th August
Cycle To Work Day

UK’s biggest cycle commuting event.

September 2022

6th-12th September
Know Your Numbers Week

Encouraging adults to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

10th September
World Suicide Prevention Day

Promoting worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

13th September
World Sepsis Day

An opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis.

17th September

World Patient Safety Day

Increasing public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and spuring global solidarity and action to promote patient safety.


19th-25th September 

International Week of the Deaf People

An initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy.

World Federation of the Deaf

20th-26th September
Organ Donation Week

Encouraging people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and encourage people to share their donation decision.

20th-26th September
National Eye Health Week

Healthcare professionals joining forces to encourage more people to have regular sight tests and make lifestyle choices that benefit their vision and general wellbeing.

21st September

National Pensions Awareness Day

National pensions awareness day is a day for raising awareness on the importance of preparing and saving for retirement.

Pension Awareness Day

23rd September 

International Day of Sign Languages

Celebrated annually across the world on 23 September every year along with International Week of the Deaf.

The UN

25th September

Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

Support Macmillian by hosting your own coffee morning to raise awareness.


26th September – 2nd October

UK National Inclusion Week

Designed to celebrate everyday inclusion in all its forms.

Inclusive Employers

27th September
National Fitness Day

Make this the most active day of the year.

October 2022

1st-31st October

Speak Up Month

A national campaign to illustrate the part which we all play in fostering a culture where people can speak up and be confident they will be listened to.

The National Guardian’s Office – Freedom to Speak Up

1st-5th October
National Work Life Week

Opening the conversation about wellbeing at work and promoting a good work-life balance.

1st-31st October

Encouraging the nation’s smokers to make a quit attempt for the month of October and beyond.

1st-31st October

Sober October

Get involved in Sober October by going alcohol-free in October to raise money for people with cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support

1st-31st October
National Cholesterol Month

Devoted to raising funds for HEART UK and raising awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol.

1st-31st October
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Increasing awareness of the disease and raising money to go towards life-saving research.

1st-31st October

Black History Month

A nationwide celebration of Black History, Arts and Culture throughout the UK.

1st-31st October 

To raise awareness for the disease and to raise funds for research. Information and free resources to help you with local campaigns.

Breast Cancer Now

3rd-17th October
Back Care Awareness Week

Raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause, as well as prevention and treatments.

7th-14th October

For employers to show employees, and potential candidates your organisation has a flexible working culture and appreciates work life balance.

Working Families

10th October
World Mental Health Day

An opportunity to raise awareness and advocacy against mental health stigma.

11th October 

Coming Out Day

An awareness day for LGBTQ+ people to celebrate being their authentic selves.

14th-20th October
International Infection Prevention Control Week

Increasing awareness of the need to keep patients safe from infection.

14th October 

Allied Health Professionals Day

Allied health professions (AHPs) Day is an annual opportunity for the 14 professions in the AHP Community to come together in celebration, showcasing the impact they make in delivering high quality care.

AHPs Day

18th October
World Menopause Day

Raising awareness for women who are feeling lost and going through Menopause and need support.

19th October 

International Pronouns Day

Seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.

Pronouns Day

22nd October 

International Stammering Awareness Day

Stammering associations, individuals and groups around the world organise events to raise awareness of stuttering.


UK Malnutrition Awareness Week

Raise awareness and understanding of preventable malnutrition in local communities and with health and social care professionals.

Malnutrition Task Force


Infection Prevention Control Week

Infection prevention control week is about raising awareness for the important role we all play in keeping patients safe from infection.

Infection Prevention Society


Patient Safety Awards

Celebrating the teams at the frontline pushing the boundaries of patient safety and driving cultural change to minimise risk, enhance quality of care and ultimately save lives.

November 2022

1st-30th November
Movember Men’s Health Awareness Month

Responsible for thousands of moustaches on men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of Movember is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health.

2nd November
National Stress Awareness Day

Raise awareness, publicity and profile of stress and its impact, and reduce stigma while promoting the importance of wellbeing and stress reduction.

12th-16th November
Anti-Bullying Week

Many people experience bullying and the Anti-Bullying Alliance want to tackle this.The theme for 2020 is ‘Respect’.

11th-16th November
Alcohol Awareness Week

A chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more.

13th-19 November 

Trans Awareness Week

This week helps raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face.


13th-20th November 

Interfaith Week

The aims of Inter Faith Week are to strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels.

14th-18th November 

Anti-Bullying Week

Anti Bullying Week is organised by the Anti Bullying Alliance (ABA). The ABA is made up of anti-bullying organisations from all over the UK.

Anti-bullying Alliance

14th-20th November 

Self Care Week

Self Care Week is an annual UK-wide national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations

19th November

International Men’s Day

Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys.

UK Men’s Day

20th November

Transgender Day of Rememberance (GLAAD)

An annual observance to remember those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence.

November/December 2022

22nd November – 22 December 

Disability History Month

A month of activity to raise awareness and support people with disabilities.

25th November – 10th December
16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

A time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

December 2022

1st December
World AIDS Day

An opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

2nd-8th December

National Grief Awareness Week

To raise awareness of the impact of grief.

The Good Grief Trust

Date published: 30th January, 2020
Date last updated: 28th April, 2022