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Mrs.P. Wrennal
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Trainee Midwives at Derby City Hospital, 1953

General Training

Midwives, Health Visitors and District Nurses all qualify as nurses before going on to further, specialist training.

For many of those working in Staffordshire formal training began at the age of 17½. General training took 3 years. Student nurses attended lectures, and worked on the wards under the strict supervision of the Ward Sister and Matron. Once qualified they were able to specialise.

"It was a very practical sort of training."
Mrs. Wrennall, Health Visitor, Chadsmoor


Midwifery Training

Midwifery training was taken in two 6 month blocks. Part one was classroom and hospital based. Student midwives delivered babies under supervision on the maternity wards.

Part two took place out on the district. Working with a Community Midwife students delivered babies in the home.

"If anyone knew you were a nurse they would automatically think you knew all about babies as well." Mrs. Wrennall, Health Visitor, Chadsmoor


Health Visitor Training

Many Staffordshire Health Visitors studied at Birmingham or Keele University for 12 months.

Health Visiting courses focus on working with families and individuals to promote better health. They also look at broad issues including social policy, public health and psychology.


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