Newcastle Region Schools Timeline - 1974

In 1974 there were 30 Schools/combined schools of nursing in the Newcastle Region of the NHS involving 83 hospitals in nurse training - spread across 24 geographical regions of the UK. 15 regions in  England - plus 9 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 Ashington Hospital School of Nursing
  2 Aycliffe Children's Hospital School of Nursing.
  3 Berwick Infirmary School of Nursing.
  4 Bishop Auckland General Hospital School of Nursing.
  5 Carlisle School of Nursing.
  6 Cherry Knowle College of Nursing.
  7 Children's Hospital School of Nursing. (Durham Road).
  8 Darlington School of Nursing.
  9 Dovenby Hall Hospital School of Nursing.
10 Durham Group School of Nursing.
11 Garlands Hospital School of Nursing.
12 Hartlepool School of Nursing.
13 Hexham general Hospital School of Nursing
14 Newcastle General Hospital Group School of Nursing. (NUH)
14 Newcastle University Hospitals Group School of Nursing. 
15 The Royal Victoria Infirmary School of Nursing. (NUH)
15 Newcastle University Hospitals Group School of Nursing.
16 North Tees School of Nursing
17 North West Durham School of Nursing.
18 Northallerton School of Nursing.
19 Northgate and District Hospital School of Nursing.
20 Prudoe and Monkton Hospital School of Nursing.
21 Queen Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing.
22 St Georges Hospital School of Nursing
23 St Luke's Hospital School of Nursing.
24 St Mary's Hospital School of Nursing.
25 South Shields School of Nursing.
26 South Teesside School of Nursing.
27 Sunderland School of Nursing.
28 Tynemouth School of Nursing.
29 West Cumberland Hospitals Group School of Nursing.
30 Winterton Hospital School of Nursing.
Note: Numbers Hospitals/school.
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