|East Anglian Region Timeline - 1974|
|West Suffolk Group School of
In 1974 the East Anglian Region's West Suffolk Group School of Nursing was based at the Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. This school had training places for 18 SRN/NDN Combined course and 60 SRN student nurses plus 104SEN (76 General -28 part-time + 28 Psychiatric MS) 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.
|West Suffolk Hospital
Newmarket General Hospital
Jane walker Hospital*
SEN (Psychiatric MS)
This 1974 timeline is about
the West Suffolk Group 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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