Manchester Region Timeline - 1974
University Hospital of South Manchester School of Nursing

In 1974 the Manchester Region's University Hospital of South Manchester School of Nursing was based at Withington Hospital, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 8LR.  This school had training places places for 20 Combined SRN/RSCN plus 90 SRN Student Nurses and 90 SEN (General) pupil nurses per year. There were two cadet schemes  - 16 places for pre-SRN courses and 12 for pre-SRN/RSCN Courses 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.

Withington Hospital
Duchess of York Hospital (Babies)
Christie Hospital & Holt Radium Inst.
Booth Hall Children's Hospital
SEN (General)
SEN (Psychiatric MI)

*NB. School/Hospital badge photograph needed. Pro-forma badges - will be replaced with actual asap.

This 1974 timeline is about the University Hospital of South Manchester 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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