East Anglian Region Timeline - 1974
Ipswich School of Nursing

In 1974 the East Anglian Region's Ipswich School of Nursing was based at Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 3JP. This school had training places for 124 Student Nurses (100 SRN and 24 RMN) plus 136 Pupil Nurses (100 SEN General + 36 Psychiatry MI) per year. There was a  Cadet Nurse scheme with 100 places 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.

The Ipswich Hospital
Stowe Lodge Hospital
St Audrey's Hospital
St Clement's Hospital
Minsmere House
SEN (General)
SEN (Psychiatry MI)
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This 1974 timeline is about the Ipswich 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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