South West Metropolitan Region Timeline - 1974
South West London Group School of Nursing

In 1974 the South West Metropolitan Region's South West London Group School of Nursing  was based at St James' Hospital, London SW12 8HW. This school had training places places for 15 Combined SRN/RMN, 90 SRN and 30 RMN student nurses, plus 75 SEN (45 General + 30 Psychiatric MI) pupil nurses per year.  There was no record of a hospital cadet/cadet nurse 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.

St James' Hospital
South London Hospital
St Benedict's Hospital
Netherne Hospital
Bolingbroke Hospital
Tooting Bec Hospital
SEN (General)
SEN (psychiatric MI)

This 1974 timeline is about the South West London Group School of Nursing, which trained the vast majority of nurses who then initially practiced 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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