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1951-1956 Anthony entered general nurse training at Selly Oak Hospital Birmingham at 18 years having spent six months first as a ward orderly. After qualifying as a State Registered Nurse (1954). successively held posts of Staff Nurse and Night Charge Nurse at this Hospital (1955-1956).
1956-1959 He left nursing for four years and worked as an Industrial Sales Representative for a Manufacturing Heating Company first in Birmingham then in Newcastle upon Tyne.
1959 - 1963 District Nurse, City of Birmingham Public Health Department & Lecturer in Health Education, City of Birmingham Education Department.
1963-1965 Assistant Matron in charge Joseph Sheldon Hospital Rednal
1965-1967 Midlands Area Officer of the Royal College of Nursing
1967-1969 Principal of the William Rathbone Staff College Liverpool
1970-1972 Chief Nursing Officer Central Wirral
1972-1984 Chief Nursing Officer Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Teaching) Health Authority
In the 1970's he became chairman of two important working parties at the department of health. In 1975 he chaired a working party of the Education and Training of SRN/RGN in District Nursing and later chaired another group on the Education and Training of the Enrolled Nurse in the Community. Action on the former report resulted in district nurse training being moved to colleges of further and higher education and paved the way for the present degree in district nursing. For this work he was honoured by the Royal College of Nursing by the award of Fellowship of the College. (See citation of Royal College of Nursing)
He was one of four members of a committee (Cumberlege) set up by the Secretary of State for Health in 1985 to review the Community Nursing Services in England. The subsequent report Neighbourhood Nursing had a great impact upon the management of the community nursing services.
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