Anthony J. Carr

Anthony J. Carr

The Right Revd. Dr. Anthony J. Carr (born 1932, Birmingham, England) is a British nurse and clergyman.

Carr was born in Birmingham, England, the eldest of three boys. Leaving school at 14 years and poorly educated, he began working life in a factory later becoming a ward orderly in Selly Oak Hospital at 18 years after becoming a conscientious objector.

He entered general nurse training at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, at the age of eighteen (18) becoming a Registered Nurse in 1954. He successively held the posts of: district nurse, assistant matron, area officer of the Royal College of Nursing and Principal of the William Rathbone Staff College, Liverpool.

He followed this by the appointment as Chief Nursing Officer over nine hospitals in the Wirral, Cheshire. He ended this part of his career by becoming Chief Nursing Officer over 17 hospitals and the community nursing services in the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne for twelve years. During that time he was also a pastoral elder of the Assemblies of God Church Bethshan in the city.

Anthony 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 awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.

He was one of four members of a committee (Cumberledge) set up by the Secretary of State for Health in 1985 to review the Community Nursing Services in England.The Report is entitled,Neighbourhood Nursing - A Focus for Change. HM Stationery Office (1986)

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