Manchester Region Schools Timeline - 1974

In 1974 there were 29 combined schools of nursing in the Manchester Region of the NHS involving 94 hospitals in nurse training - spread across 23 geographical regions of the UK. 13 regions in  England - plus 7 regions covering the Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Wales and Scotland. Not forgetting of course the Schools of Nursing of the armed services, each of which used it's own military hospitals.

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, 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.

In 1974 there were 27 main qualifications which students of nursing studied and trained for. Which number did not include many highly specialized courses, including university degrees, followed consecutively and concurrently by basic course students and qualified nurses. Midwifery training has always been a feature....

The 1974 timeline is about the schools of nursing which trained the vast majority of nurses who then practiced in the UK.  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. All about it.... Welcome!!

  1 Ashton-u-Lyne General Hospital School of Nursing
  2 Barrow and Furness Hospitals Group School of Nursing.
  3 Blackburn and District Group School of Nursing.
  4 Blackpool and Fylde School of Nursing.
  5 Bolton School of Nursing.
  6 Booth Hall and Monsall School of Nursing.
  7 Brockhall Hospital School of Nursing.
  8 Burnley Group School of Nursing.
  9 Bury and Rossendale School of Nursing.
10 Calderstones Hospital School of Nursing.
11 Cheadle Royal Hospital School of Nursing.
12 Cranage Hall Hospital School of Nursing.
13 East Cheshire Group School of Nursing. (Macclesfield).
14 North East Manchester School of Nursing.
15 North Lancashire and South Westmorland School of Nursing.
16 Oldham School of Nursing.
17 Preston and Chorley School of Nursing.
18 Prestwich Hospital School of Nursing.
19 Rochdale School of Nursing.
20 Royal Albert Hospital School of Nursing.
21 St Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing.
22 Salford Hospitals School of Nursing.
23 Stockport School of Nursing.
24 United Manchester Hospitals School of Nursing.
25 University Hospital of South Manchester School of Nursing.
26 University of Manchester Dept Social & Preventative Med.
27 West Manchester Group School of Nursing.
28 Whittingham Hospital School of Nursing.
29 Wigan and Leigh School of Nursing.
30 Wrightington Hospital School of Nursing.
31 Wythenshaw and North Cheshire School of Nursing.
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