From bedpans to budget cuts: A personal history of the NHS in Bristol by Professor David Evans

Date: 23 January 2020
Venue: M Shed
Time: 18:00-19:30


2018 was the 70th anniversary of the NHS in Britain. There have been several initiatives to mark this anniversary by capturing the history of the NHS nationally; this seminar seeks to make a small contribution through reflections on David's professional and patient experiences of the NHS locally.

David's personal history of the NHS in Bristol began in 1982 as a student nurse, often amongst the bedpans as student nurses were commonly regarded as cheap (and fairly unskilled) labour in those days. In later years, he found himself as a Director of Public Health and a Health Authority Non-Executive Board member dealing with financial crises and budget cuts.

In this talk, he will use some episodes from his personal experiences of the NHS as both a health professional and as a patient to explore some of the major developments and tensions in the NHS from its inception in 1948 to its 70th anniversary in 2018. Themes to explore include patient voice and patient safety, evidence-based healthcare, healthcare versus public health, hierarchies of power in the health professions and the regularly re-occurring crises in NHS funding.

Speaker

David Evans is a Professor in Health Services Research at UWE Bristol.

Cost: Free to attend
Contact: Professor Steve Poole
Telephone: +44(0)117 32 84437
E-mail: Steve.Poole@uwe.ac.uk

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