Reference NumberS/CCN
Alternative Reference NumberSTE/544-545
TitleRecords of the Central Council for District Nursing in London
DescriptionScope and Content:
Records of the Central Council's Divisional Home Nursing Voluntary Committee No. 5 consisting of minutes including draft constitution and loose papers

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Extent2 volumes
AdminHistoryIn the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Central Council for District Nursing in London was based at 25 Cockspur Street, London SW1. The Council's move to establish divisional home nursing voluntary committees appears to date from June 1948. These committees were based on the areas covered by the nine health divisions of the London County Council.

Membership of each of the nine committees comprised two direct representatives of home nursing associations and one representative nominated by each of the following: local medical committees, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, the British Red Cross Society, the Order of St John of Jerusalem, the Institute of Almoners and the London Association of Home Nursing Superintendents.

The aim of the voluntary committees was to
- promote co-operation and good practice among professional bodies involved with the provision of medical care within the nine London health divisions
- provide a direct link between the Central Council for District Nursing and the nine London County Council Divisional Health Committees and to
- encourage local recruitment of nursing staff.

The voluntary committees also provided a means to appoint members of home nursing associations to the Central Council and to the London County Council Divisional Health Committees.

The four home nursing associations which comprised Voluntary Committee No. 5 were:
- The East London Nursing Society
- The Metropolitan District Nursing Association
- The Nursing Sisters of St John
- Shoreditch and Bethnal Green Nursing Association

Meetings were held on a monthly basis, and financial support was provided by the Central Council. The divisional health office of the London County Council at 273 Bancroft Road, Mile End also served as the office of the Divisional Home Nursing Voluntary Committee No. 5 of the Central Council for District Nursing in London.
CustodialHistoryThese records were deposited at the Bancroft Library at 277 Bancroft Road, close by the Committee's offices in the late 1960s or early 1970s. No information on provenance has been traced.
RelatedMaterialRecords of the East London Nursing Society and the Shoredtich and Bethnal Green District Nursing Association are at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, collection references S/ELN and S/SBG respectively.

The records of the Metropolitan District Nursing Association are held at the London Metropolitan Archives (ref. CLC/010). The London County Council archive is also held at London Metropolitan Archives.
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AccessConditionsSome material within this collection has been closed under current Data Protection legislation as the records concerned contain sensitive personal data. Please check specific item level descriptions for details, and refer any queries to the Heritage Officer (Archives).
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