Princess Marina Hospital, Northampton

Princess Marina Hospital, Northampton

A Modern Hospital - staff memories of Princess Marina Hospital

This project recorded the memories of some staff who worked in Princess Marina Hospital, Northampton. Princess Marina was one of the last NHS learning disability hospitals to be built. It opened in 1972, and closed in 1995.

The project was carried out by the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Finding Out Group (FOG), four people with learning disabilities who have trained to do research.

They were supported by an enthusiastic group of nurses, most of whom had actually worked in Princess Marina Hospital. The photo shows us at work, collecting and recording.

I was academic advisor to the project, and author of the publication which you can read here, also published on the Centre for Welfare Reform website

The project had 3 aims:

  1. To provide an opportunity for the FOG group to do some research
  2. To enable staff to reflect upon their work in a now discredited system of care
  3. To consider whether there are lessons to be learnt from practice in a long stay learning disability hospital.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed doing the project.