Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

Ref: C2340197

The National Health Service was part of the reforms introduced by the Labour party after the Second World War. The course will examine the reasons for its creation and how it fits into the pattern of welfare developments since 1900. The role of Aneurin Bevan will be a consideration as will the very influential William Beveridge Report. Changes made to the Health Service in the early years will be reviewed. Also the Spirit of '45 will be critically discussed. Links will be made to the anniversary of 70 years of existence of the NHS which occurs in 2018.

Course aim

The aim is to provide an introduction to the creation of the National Health Service its development and where it fits in the Welfare State. This will include examining documents such as the Bevridge Report and viewing the Spirit of '45.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand changes to the NHS
  • Assess the reasons why the NHS was set up
  • Evaluate the success of the NHS

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

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