Historical information

Theoretical and practical lessons in invalid cookery commenced in 1902 for third year pupil nurses. From 1903 it was part of second year training and then it was part of first year training.later an invalid cookery qualification was a prerequisite for the entry to a nurse training course.

Significance

It is an important requirement that patients get adequate nourishment which is appropriate for their medical condition, other wise their recovery can be slow or negligible. It was not until 1930 that a dietician was appointed to manage the dietary needs of patients and to set up a dietary department. Therefore it was necessary prior to this that nurses have knowledge of the different classes of food and their value to the well being of patients and to be able to prepare basic recipes.

Physical description

A staged black and white photograph of eleven pupil nurses in an invalid cookery class in 1907. They are holding cooking equipment and implements in readiness for the practical lesson.