Manchester Region Timeline - 1974
North Lancashire & South Westmorland School of Nursing

In 1974 the Manchester Region's North Lancashire & South Westmorland School of Nursing was based at Lancaster. This school had training places places for 64 Student Nurses - 32 SRN plus 44 SEN (General) pupil nurses per year and 32 RMN plus 20 Pupil Nurses (MI).  There was  no record of a hospital cadet 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.

Royal Lancaster infirmary
Beaumont Hospital
Westmorland County Hospital
Kendal Green Hospital
Helm Chase Maternity Hospital
Lancaster Moor & Ridge Lea  Hospitals
SEN (General)
SEN (Psychiatric MI)
*NB. Pro-forma badges - will be replaced with actual asap. Exact location and postcode needed.  

This 1974 timeline is about the North Lancashire & South Westmorland School of Nursing 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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