I joined Set 44 Part 2 at The London in September 1961 as Barbara Scowcroft. Rather than going to Tredegar House we were lodged in the basement of the Luckes Home. On completing my training I worked as a staff nurse for a year on Harrison ward, which at that time housed female patients under the care of the medical unit. My Part 1 midwifery training was at Mill Road Maternity Hospital in Cambridge, after which I returned to The London to staff on Upper wards for six months. This was followed by as spell as a relief sister.
In 1968 I became Sister Turner, following in the footsteps of Trudy Wood. Turner ward then had beds for female cardiology, skins and radiotherapy patients. After five years I became a medical nursing officer.
In 1978 I took a career break, returning to The Royal London in 1987, when both my children were established at school. My work as a nursing officer was mainly concerned with projects relating to quality assurance, audit and policy development. I retired in 2005.
Barbara took up office on 24 April 2010