WordPress Portsmouth Meetup – 19th February 2020 – Nightingale: How Gutenberg can save the NHS money and improve health outcomes

Come to the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 19th February 2020 for a streamed talk, by Tony Blacker, entitled “Nightingale: How Gutenberg can save the NHS money and improve health outcomes.”

Tony will be presenting live from Ipswich.

The event starts at 7pm. There will be a social to carry on discussions and network after the meeting for any attendees who wish to go to it.


Nightingale: How Gutenberg can save the NHS money and improve health outcomes.

Tony Blacker

A google for site:nhs.uk +"Powered by WordPress" gives 4500+ results. Despite many people saying ‘WordPress isnt used in the NHS’, it really really is.

Completely outside of any individuals or even any individual organisations control, the NHS is around 20,000 distinct entities all under one banner. Many of them have their own IT leads, their own comms dept and their own take on what they need to do with the web. The best we can do is lead and show a better way and hope others follow.

Tony is part of an NHS team that has developed a new theme for WordPress based on an HTML/CSS library the NHS has put out. There is also a companion plugin for the content styling and layout, using Gutenberg. The project is open-sourced and welcomes contributors and involvement from the community.


Tony Blacker

Tony is a Full Stack Developer at the NHS Leadership Academy.

He’s a full time web geek with a penchant for front end theming, and an a11y ally.

WordPress: @tblacker


Our attendees come from Hampshire and West Sussex. The venue has free parking. All levels of experience of WordPress and website publishing welcome. We are a learning and development group. We welcome WordPress beginners.

Spaces are limited. Please sign-up if you really do intend to attend the MeetUp. If you are new to the group, please can you complete your MeetUp profile to help us plan topics.


Time Item
19:00 Meet and greet – networking
19:30 Nightingale: How Gutenberg can save the NHS money and improve health outcomes. With Tony Blacker
20:30 Q&A
20:45 Wrap up
21:00 Social at Sovereigns


Catch up with the WordPress community in Hampshire and West Sussex and enjoy refreshments. Please let us know when you book if you have any special dietary restrictions. This information will only be used to help arrange refreshments.


  • The event venue is a University of Portsmouth building and is accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Find us on Twitter @wppompey or connect with us on your web related topic ideas using #wppompey
  • If you would like to help organise the WordPress Portsmouth MeetUp, offer a talk or sponsor an event, let us know in the #meetup-portsmouth Slack channel for the UK WordPress community.


Thank you to our group sponsors RedIT and 34SP for supporting us with a venue and refreshments.

Thanks to Non Stop Business Support, Bobbing Wide, and Drew Westcott for their in-kind sponsorship of this WordPress MeetUp.

Further reading

Nightingale 2.0 WordPress Theme

Nightingale v2.0 theme screenshot

Theme for NHS organisations based on the NHS Digital frontend framework. Highly customisable for all types of NHS organisations, from news sites to primary care trusts to arms length bodies to community practices.



NHSBlocks – NHSUK Frontend Block WordPress plugin




WordPress Blocks – NHSblocks