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Alex Brooker presenting the NHS: A People's History, a BBC and OU partnership series

NHS: A People's History

Alex Brooker presents a crowdsourced social history of the NHS, told through people's treasured mementoes.

About the programme

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS, The NHS: A People’s History is a three-part series presented by Alex Brooker and tells the story of the NHS through the voices of the people whose lives it has affected, from its birth in 1948 to the present day. In each episode, patients and staff from all over the country dig out and share their treasured mementoes to tell deeply personal stories that chart the highs and lows of the National Health Service’s 70-year history.

Read more about it on the BBC's programme pages , or find out more about the NHS below.

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Meet Stacey - she was the first healthcare assistant supported through the OU nursing programme by her employer. She's now a graduate nurse and is sharing her reason for becoming a nurse with you...

Meet the author

Dr Claire Chatterton, Nation Manager (North) The Open University
Dr Claire ChattertonStaff Tutor (Nursing)VIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Claire Chatterton, Nation Manager (North) The Open University
Dr Claire ChattertonStaff Tutor (Nursing)

Claire has worked for the Open University since 2003, initially as an associate lecturer and programme tutor (nursing) and more recently as a staff tutor based in the North West of England.

Her clinical background is in nursing and she has worked in a variety of practice settings as a general nurse and as a mental health nurse.

Her research interests lie in the history of nursing and mental health care. She currently chairs the Royal College of Nursing's History of Nursing Society. Her thesis looked at recruitment and retention in mental health nursing.

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