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Glenside Hospital andcomparisons of carethroughout the years

Simon Hall speaks to past, current and future nursing staff about their views and recollections

In the past few months the nursing community has shared in the celebration and reflection of the care provided by staff and statutory services since the birth of the NHS in July 1948.

There have been some significant organisational and attitudinal changes in mental health care since then, including in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, and the recognition of expert by experience.

Yet arguably the biggest change has been deinstitutionalisation, whereby the provision of care moved away from containment and confinement into the community.

In 1961 Enoch Powell gave his renowned ‘water tower’ speech supporting the dissolution of such asylums, and since then such inpatient care has become the last resort for the acutely unwell

This reconfiguration has changed the face of nursing education, and significantly reshaped the roles and responsibilities of the mental health nurse.

Mental health nursing training is currently degree-based, splitting the learning between university time and placements in a range of clinical practice areas. However, this hasn’t always been the case.

It was only a generation ago that training was based within a designated hospital. Glenside, a University of the West of England campus in North Bristol specialising in a range of health and social care related courses, has observed this transition first hand, with the training of mental health nurses within its walls dating back to 1861 under the direction of ‘The Bristol Lunatic Asylum’.

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This special edition of Mental Health Nursing has been produced to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. It includes features examining how mental health nursing has changed and developed over the decades.