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.
A £3.6m project to redevelop the inpatient services at North Devon District Hospital is completed in May. The project involved the construction of a purpose-built 36 bed mental health unit for adults.
Following a pilot in North Devon, The Haldon Unit opens in Exeter, providing care and treatment for people with an eating disorder.
MINDFUL EMPLOYER is launched by Workways, a service of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. It provides businesses and organisations with easier access to information and support for staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. Nearly 2,000 employers have signed up since it began in 2004.
'Bonkers Bruno' - headline in The Sun sparks outrage leading to a demand to change the way the press talk about mental illness.
Valuing People is launched by the Department of Health. It promises that all people with learning disabilities and their families will have greater choice and get the healthcare and support they need to live healthy lives. Listen to a story from Katy, Learning Disability Nurse Team Leader.