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Anniversary Fever? History and the Culture of Celebrating the Age of the NHS

Professor Roberta Bivins and Professor Mathew Thomson are presenting the Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture this year "Anniversary Fever? History and the Culture of Celebrating the Age of the NHS".

When: 6 July, 6pm to 8:30pm (BST)

Where: Anatomy Theatre & Museum, Strand London, WC2R 2LS

Find more information and how to attend here  

Tue 06 Jun 2023, 14:22 | Tags: Public Engagement Announcement

Improving Maternity Care through Women’s Voices: The Women’s Health Strategy Continues a Long Process of Advocacy

Congratulations to Dr Fabiola Creed and Professor Hilary Marland for the publication of their policy paper in the online journal History & Policy.

The article explores the role of women’s voices in shaping maternity care during the twentieth century and you can read it in full here.

Executive Summary

  • Effective maternity care has been hampered by limited service provision and inadequate funding throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.
  • Pronatalist policies dominated maternity care in the first half of the twentieth century, moving to a growing consumer-led emphasis in the post-war period.
  • Historical events – war, the creation of the National Health Service, the hospitalisation and medicalisation of childbirth, and the feminist health movement – led to fundamental changes in maternity services and care.
  • After 1900, women became vocal in expressing their aims for improved maternity care, and their ambitions were most effective when they dovetailed with pronatalist goals.
  • Following the expansion of mass media, education, and employment for women since­ the 1960s, both women’s organisations and individuals developed greater confidence in their campaigns for change and in urging policy makers and health services to listen.
  • Descriptions of their own experiences from women of all social circumstances and ethnicities can be converted into powerful tools for lobbying policy makers and government and for raising recognition of postnatal mental illness.
Thu 16 Feb 2023, 10:15 | Tags: Announcement Publication

Dr Chris Sirrs cited in the latest National State of Patient Safety Report

Wellcome Trust-funded postdoctoral researcher Dr. Chris Sirrs has been cited in the latest ‘National State of Patient Safety Report’, drawn up by the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. The authors have drawn upon Chris's NHS patient safety timeline in exploring the historical background to patient safety in Britain.

This report regularly informs debates both within the health service and in Parliament.

Read the report here

Tue 13 Dec 2022, 10:47 | Tags: Public Engagement Announcement

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