UCH London Nurses' Charity

The UCH London Nurses’ Charity is a non-profit making organisation for all nurses past and present of University College London Hospital. You can become an associate member if you trained at the ‘old’ UCH, were a student nurse at UCLH or worked or work at UCLH now. The UCH London Nurses’ Charity is run by Trustees who are all volunteers and we’re always looking for new members of UCLH to join them in trustee work.

The Aims (objects) of UCH London Nurses' Charity

To advance the health of patients being cared for in hospital and in the
community. Advancing the education of associate members by providing grants
and bursaries.

Providing a network to assist associate members to communicate with each other.

The relief of poverty and financial hardship among associate members of
the Charity by providing grants, items and services to those in need.


Joining the Charity

Becoming an associate of the UCH London Nurses’ Charity entitles you to the annual magazine which publishes updates on the work of the Charity, hospital, colleagues, and friends. It also publishes details of biannual Charity functions.

We charge £20 per year for an annual associate membership.

Please renew your membership

A reminder to all Associate Members that it’s time to renew your membership.

UCH London Nurses’ Charity office is closed

The UCH London Nurses’ Charity office will no longer be manned by volunteers until after the COVID-19 outbreak is controlled. Please do not ring but use our contact form to communicate with the trustees. The Secretary and the Administrative Assistant will respond to any messages via the contact form.

If you know of an associate member who does not have access to email, please ring or write to them to inform them that the office is closed.


Associates have now joined The UCH London Nurses' Charity

Our Mission & Vision

The UCH London Nurses’ Charity help maintain  a strong professional bond with nursing colleagues

Associate membership of the UCH London Nurses’ Charity works to maintain a strong professional bond with nursing colleagues and a link between the past and the present through social events, news and articles.

A day in the life of UCLH

A short film

A short film showcasing some of the services at the hospitals run by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


From the Chair of UCH London Nurses’ Charity, Professor Helen Allan


January 2021

The Chair reports the following activities from March to January 2021. This has been a busy, exhausting and sad year for many. The Charity has had to alter our ways of working to ensure our trustees and volunteers are safe. at least two of our trustees returned to practice during the first wave of the pandemic. Some of us have volunteered to be vaccinators in the 3rd wave.

We have therefore had some interruptions in our service as the office was only visited twice during the pandemic. Our Secretary and a volunteer went into the office and carried office materials home to be able to carry on the Charity’s work. The post has been difficult to collect however. We are hoping that this will be redirected as the disruption will obviously continue for some time into 2021.

About our Chair

I was in Set 214 at University College Hospital, and registered as a nurse in 1978. I worked for 13 years in acute care, spending 10 months in Orthopaedics at Kings College Hospital London, doing my ICU course at Guys Hospital, and then spending six years as a ward sister in intensive care/5.1 at UCH. I left in 1987 and completed a BSc Sociology at the London School of Economics, London University. I then trained as a nurse teacher and taught social sciences and nursing at Bloomsbury College of Nursing & Midwifery and then at the Royal College of Nursing Institute. I completed my PhD in Nursing part time at Manchester University in 2000. For many years I worked with Professor Pam Smith at the University of Surrey in the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education, becoming Director of the Centre until 2012. I have held Chairs at the Universities of Surrey, York and since 2014 at Middlesex University. I use feminist research methodologies, qualitative and mixed methods and action research. My research and practice interests include nursing education, practice learning, health care organisations and reproductive technologies, women’s health and midwifery.

Share . Help . Manage .

We aim to share our experiences, help through our benevolent fund and manage our education and travel scholarship

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Travel Scholarship

Forthcoming Events

Education Fund


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Join Us At Our Next Event!

Spring Study Day and Annual Charity Meeting

Saturday 2nd April 2022
At the Grafton/Radisson Hotel, 130 Tottenham Court Road

The Study Day in 2022 will include an Annual Charity Meeting after lunch as well as a meeting room beforehand for members to gather over coffee and biscuits. The Grafton Hotel has been booked for 2nd April 2021 from 10.30 onwards.

How We Help

Find out more about our Funds

Educational Fund

The aim of the fund is to assist associate members with grants for professional and postgraduate education. This might take the form of a recognised course, a study tour or an educational project that could help the associate member with their career.

Benevolent Fund

The Fund is a restricted fund held by the Charity and it is managed by the volunteer trustees of the Charity. It is available for associate members of the Charity who are in need of financial assistance in a period of hardship due to ill health, accident or disability.

Travel Scholarship

This fund was established in 1979/80 in memory of Janet Hull, a UCH student and staff nurse who died tragically in a road accident. Her parents took the initiative to create a memorial fund to help UCH nurses with travel costs in pursuit of professional nursing studies.

Keep Up to Date

Your Charity News and Articles

Covid Update

Covid Update

Dear Colleagues, at the meeting of the Charity Trustees on 15th September 2021 the decision was taken to postpone our autumn lunch and annual charity meeting until next April.

University College London Nurses in 1960

University College London Nurses in 1960

A Look at Life - NursingVideo showing nursing at University College Hospital in 1960 A former doctor contacted us and mentioned this old film he had come across which featured a lot about the UCH and student nurse training, for some, this will be unrecognisable,...

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