The programme titled Our International NHS will be overseen by the historian and broadcaster later this year.
The documentary will see David meet Irish and Caribbean nurses, Asian doctors, and Eastern European ancillary workers, discovering their experiences behind the scenes working for the NHS. In a one-hour special for BBC One and iPlayer, David Olusoga celebrates the immigrant workforce that has been the backbone of the NHS, from its inception 70 years ago to the current pandemic.
There is a history of the NHS drawing in doctors, nurses, specialists, and support staff from across the globe, and without them the NHS would simply have diminished, unable to deliver on its foundational promise of a universal healthcare system available to all. But these doctors, nurses, etc have often been overlooked and undervalued.
David is known for his work on the documentaries The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files, Civilisations, Black and British: A Forgotten History and Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners
Read our TBB Talks interview with David here.