Manchester and Salford Sick Poor and Private Nursing Institution

Scope and Content

The collection comprises three series: reports of the Institution, reports of some of its district homes, and promotional material relating to the District Nursing Institution.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Manchester Nurse-Training Institution was set up in 1864 to provide nursing services for private patients and for the sick poor of the area. It followed the example of an similar body in Liverpool, indeed the first lady superintendent came from the Liverpool Home. As its name suggested, the Institution encouraged the training of women as nurses to minister to the needs of the local community. Four women were sent to London to receive formal nurse training.

The Institution provided both private nursing services to those able to pay, and a charitable visiting service to the poor. The organisation was divided into two sections: the Private Nursing Department, which ran a private nursing home, based originally at 62 Grosvenor St, but eventually moving to 341 Oxford Road, Manchester, and the District Nursing Department which oversaw the charitable side of its activities. Profits from the former activity subsidised the latter. The District Nursing Department comprised several nursing homes dotted around Manchester and Salford, where the nurses lived, and from where they went out on their visiting activities. The work of the nurses was originally superintended by lady superintendents associated with the Institution, but later, as the organisation grew larger and more professional, by the matrons who oversaw each nurses' home. In the early years the Institution also ran the Ardwick and Ancoats Nurses' Home in Ardwick Green, which provided resident care for the sick poor.

In 1881 its name was changed to the Manchester and Salford Sick Poor and Private Nursing Institution. The Institution was affiliated to Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses and the National Union of Women Workers. In 1920, the Institution separated into two bodies, the Manchester and Salford District Nursing Institution and the Private Nursing Branch.


See Good Samaritan yearbooks for a history of the Institution up to 1927 (MMC/8/4).