Schools of Nursing Regions Timeline - 1974

In 1974 there were 700 hospitals involved in nurse training - spread across 24 geographical regions of the UK National Health Service. 15 regions in  England - plus 9 regions covering the Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Not forgetting of course the Schools of Nursing of the armed services, each of which possessed 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.

  1 Newcastle 
  2 Leeds
  3 Sheffield
  4 East Anglian
  5 North West Metropolitan
  6 North East Metropolitan
  7 South East Metropolitan
  8 South West Metropolitan
  9 Wessex
10 Oxford
11 South Western 
12 Birmingham
13 South Western
14 Manchester
15 Liverpool
16 Isle Of Man
17 Channel Islands
18 Wales
19 Scotland Northern
20 Scotland North Eastern
21 Scotland Eastern
22 Scotland South Eastern
23 Scotland Western
24 Northern Ireland


In 1974 there were 27 main nursing 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!!

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