|Wessex Region Schools Timeline - 1974
In 1974 there were 13 Schools/combined schools of nursing in the
Wessex Region of the NHS involving 43 hospitals in nurse training
- spread across 23 geographical regions of the UK.
13 regions in
England - plus 7 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!!