Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

Ref: C2339459

The National Health Service began after the Second World War and in July it will be 70 years old. This was a time of optimism. It was part of the Welfare State. By studying the origins of the NHS and the aims and objectives of the Labour Government we can see that it was a great success. However that very success created more problems. This course will look at pioneering attempts to look after the sick before 1948 and then go on to explain how the NHS was set up. We will examine the period post 1940s to see the journey the Health Service went on. The Spirit of '45 will also be used to look at the optimism of the people and whether the NHS has delivered all it set out to do. There will be time to discuss the challenges it faced especially in the first 30 years.

Course aim

Aim is to introduce students to the beginning and development of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the National Health Service began
  • Assess success and failures in the first 30 years of the NHS
  • Explain the role of the Labour government in getting the NHS off the ground

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?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

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