North West Metropolitan Region Timeline - 1974
The Hospital for Sick Children School of Nursing
(Great Ormond Street)

In 1974 the North West Metropolitan Region's The Hospital for Sick Children School of Nursing was based at London WC1. This school had training places for 200 Combined SRN/RSCN student nurses plus 80 SEN (General) pupil nurses per year. There was no record of a hospital cadet/cadet nurse scheme to help feed recruitment.

All were part of the then still mushrooming growth of the NHS following its inception in1948.  An NHS which was to cater for all.  Cradle to the grave. An NHS attempting to cover almost all known medical conditions. Not surprising then that since that beginning there had developed a plethora of nursing specialties, some sub-divided into highly specialized categories, all designed to meet particular needs. The nurses to meet those needs - General, Sick Children's, Mental, and Mental Subnormality Nurses, were all, by 1974, being trained under the auspices of the General Nursing Councils. One for England and Wales; one for Scotland; and one for Northern Ireland.

Hospitals used for training
The Hospital for Sick Children - GOSH
Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children
The London Hospital
University College Hospital
The Middlesex hospital
Charing Cross Hospital
The Royal Free Hospital

Hammersmith Hospital
Watford General Hospital
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Addenbrooke's Hospital
The Leicester Royal Infirmary
The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

St Helier Hospital
Chase Farm Hospital
Norfolk & Norwich Hospital
Forest Gate Hospital

Redhill General Hospital

SEN (General)
The Hospital for Sick Children - GOSH
January1957 Student Nurse Intake Left Mouse click to Enlarge
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This 1974 timeline is about the The Hospital for Sick Children School of Nursing, which trained the vast majority of nurses who then initially practised in the area.  About the courses. About the students who followed them to become registered nurses. About the awards they gained on the way. About their teachers, including ward staff. About the hospitals. About nursing practice. Above all it is about the reality of the practice of nurse education and training in the '70's. Perhaps you were one of them. If so why not tell us all about it on our forum. Welcome!!

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