NHS: Celebrating 75 years

To mark the 75th anniversary of the NHS, the College has put together a timeline of key events in psychiatry’s history with the NHS, along with a blog post exploring these milestones in detail.

Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has also attended a special service at Westminster Abbey to mark this anniversary. 

The evolution of mental health services and psychiatry within the NHS

Click the arrows to the left and right to navigate through the timeline. You can also click on specific events in the overview below.

Blog post: Through the decades – a deep dive through 75 years of NHS history

From the National Health Service Act to the recent election of Dr Lade Smith CBE as the College’s newest President, we’ll explore the history of psychiatry within the NHS and its close ties to the College.

This blog post was sourced in part from the College archives and BJPsych’s October 1949 issue (free to access throughout July), which discusses the role of mental hospitals in the NHS.

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