Irish Nurses on the back steps of a green double decker bus.

Irish Nurses in the NHS: the Liverpool story

4:00pm - 6:00pm / Monday 19th June 2023 / Venue: GFlex Central Teaching Hub
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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From its inception in 1948, through the 1950s-70s, Irish women were amongst the largest groups directly recruited to train and work as nurses in the NHS. The Irish Nurses in the NHS is a 3 year (2022-2024) oral history project led by Professor Louise Ryan, London Metropolitan University, Grainne McPolin, a retired nurse and now independent documentary maker, with research assistant Neha Doshi.

The project involves over 40 interviews with Irish-born nurses across Britain. In this presentation, the team will present findings from their interviews in Liverpool. They will explore the nurses' stories of recruitment, training and early experiences on the wards during the 1950s-70s as well as the social scene in Liverpool.