This documentary reveals the untold story of how thousands of Caribbean women answered the call from ‘the Mother Country’ to come and help build Britain’s National Health Service.

It is a story of ambition, survival, integration and ultimately, triumph told for the first time by the women themselves and never seen before archive.

The film explores the price paid by these pioneering women – many of whom were just teenagers at the time – for leaving their families, friends and culture behind as they sought a new life in the UK.

And it examines what post-war Britain made of these ‘foreigners’, their impact on British society and cultural legacy both here and abroad.


Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved The NHS airs on BBC 4 tonight 9pm on BBC Four.

Catch it on BBC iPlayer straight after it airs.