LO - To know about changes in one aspect of Britain since 1948. To understand the contribution of im...
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 5

Why did women from the former British Colonies come to Britain? PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 40 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

LO - To know about changes in one aspect of Britain since 1948. To understand the contribution of immigrant women to nursing since 1948. Success Criteria - ‘I understand that immigrant women made a significant contribution to the nursing profession after 1948’.

Download Presentation

Why did women from the former British Colonies come to Britain?

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


Why did women from the former british colonies come to britain

LO - To know about changes in one aspect of Britain since 1948. To understand the contribution of immigrant women to nursing since 1948.

Success Criteria - ‘I understand that immigrant women made a significant contribution to the nursing profession after 1948’.


Why did women from the former british colonies come to britain

Why did women from the former British Colonies come to Britain?

When the Second World War ended in 1945, it was quickly recognised that the reconstruction of the British economy required a large influx of immigrant labour.

  • In 1949, recruitment for nursing staff took place in Britain and overseas. Advertisements appeared in the nursing press and in Caribbean newspapers such as the Barbados Advocate and Barbados Beacon.

  • British born women weren’t so keen on applying for nursing jobs. They were more interested in secretarial or teaching jobs. Nursing was far less appealing because of the long hours, low pay and strict discipline.

From 1949 senior nursing professionals went to the Caribbean to recruit for staff.


Why did women from the former british colonies come to britain

By 1955, 16 British colonies had set up selection and recruitment procedures to ensure a steady flow of colonial nursing candidates for the NHS:

Barbados

British Guiana (now Guyana)

Jamaica

Leeward Islands (Antigua, Montserrat and St Kitts)

Trinidad & Tobago

Windward Islands (Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent)

Caribbean women wishing to apply for nurse training in Britain had to be aged 19–30, qualified to matriculation level (equivalent to today’s GCSEs) and English-speaking.

Royal London Hospital Archives: ME/P/19

Most recruits (or more usually their parents) had to pay their own fares and training expenses. From 1955 the British government offered loans for help with travel but recruits had to pay these back at a certain amount per week.


Activities

Activities:

  • Read the real statements made by nurses about their experiences of coming to Britain to train as nurses.

  • Sort them on a grid using the headings ‘Personal Background’, ‘Everyday life’, ‘Training and Working’.

  • Extension : What aspects of life for immigrant women do you think were the easiest/hardest?


Dame karlene davis

Dame Karlene Davis

  • Born and raised in Jamaica, Davis emigrated to the UK to train as a nurse and later as a midwife before going on to teach midwifery.

  • Davis was appointed General Secretary of The Royal College of Midwives in 1994 and served until October 2008.

  • In 2001 Davis was awarded a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to the National Health Service and midwifery.

  • She has become one of the most senior black women in the health profession and the UK's first black woman trade union leader.

What would be a good interview question for Dame Davis?


  • Login