Since the NHS was founded on 5 July 1948 there have been huge changes in the way we think about mental health and learning disability – and in how we support people. Take a look at some of the key milestones and developments over the last 70 years and how they have affected what we do in Devon.
Large institutions are common everywhere. In Devon, Exminster Hospital has 784 beds; Exeter City Asylum has 301 beds; Wonford House Hospital has 110 beds – and there are many more institutions of varying sizes across the county.
Former Learning Disability Nurse Jean Waldron talks about her career and involvement in learning disability over the years.
Homosexuality is removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disporders (DSM - the American classification of mental disorders), meaning it's no longer classed as a mental illness.