North East Metropolitan Region Schools Timeline - 1974

In 1974 there were 30 Schools/combined schools of nursing in the NE Metropolitan Region of the NHS involving 100 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 Bethnal Green Hospital Hospital School of Nursing
  2 Brentwood District & High Wood Hospitals School of Nursing.
  3 Chase Farm Hospital School of Nursing.
  4 Chelmsford School of Nursing.
  5 Clacton District & Heath Hospitals School of Nursing.
  6 Claybury Hospital School of Nursing.
  7 Essex County Hospital Group School of Nursing. ** Colch' 182
  8 Forest Group Hospitals School of Nursing.
  9 Hackney Group Hospitals School of Nursing.
10 Harlow Group Hospitals School of Nursing.
11 Harold Wood Hospital School of Nursing.
12 Highlands Hospital School of Nursing.
13 Ilford and District School of Nursing.
14 Kingsland School of Nursing.
15 Mildmay Mission Hospital School of Nursing.
16 North Middlesex Hospital School of Nursing.
17 Notley Hospital School of Nursing. ** Colch' 192
18 Prince of Wales & St Ann's School of Nursing.
19 Princess Alexandra School of Nursing.
20 Romford School of Nursing and Midwifery.
21 The Royal Eastern Counties Group School of Nursing.
22 The Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew School of Nursing.
23 Runwell Hospital School of Nursing.
24 St Matthews Hospital School of Nursing.
25 Severalls Hospital School of Nursing.  ** Colch' 192
26 South Essex Group School of Nursing.
27 South Ockendon Group School of Nursing.
28 Southend-on-Sea School of Nursing.
29 Thames School of Nursing.
30 Warley Hospital School of Nursing.
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