North West Metropolitan Region Timeline - 1974
Windsor Group School of Nursing

In 1974 the North West Metropolitan Windsor Group School of Nursing was based at Slough, Buckinghamshire SL2 4HL. This school had training places for 180 SRN student nurses and 155 SEN (135 General + 20 Psychiatric (MI)) pupil nurses per year. There was a cadet nurse scheme with 15 places 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.

Wrexham Park Hospital
Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital
King Edward VII Hospital
Heatherwood Hospital
Maidenhead Hospital
Upton Hospital
Church Hill House Hospital
SEN (General + MI)
*NB. Picture used above is 3rd Option. Windsor group/Wexham Park School/Hospital badge photograph needed.

This 1974 timeline is about the Windsor 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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