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.

Coronavirus outbreak

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Trustees of the Charity have decided to cancel the Autumn Lunch to have taken place on 10th October 2020 at the Grafton Hotel in London.

Please spread the message to as many as possible that the event is cancelled.

The AGM was to have been scheduled for the Autumn lunch.

UCH London Nurses’ Charity office is now 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.


Our Mission & Vision

The UCH London Nurse’ 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


September 2020

Dear friends

This has been a year of changes within the Charity and wider society. And also a year of much loss and sadness. Many of you will know someone who has had Covid-19 and may know someone who has died as a direct or indirect result of Covid. My own mother sadly died indirectly of Covid. She found she became ever more frail as a result of living in isolation from her family and friends. I’m sure some of you will have suffered too from loneliness if you’ve been shielding. Or you will have known or observed family of friends becoming frailer or lonelier without social support and stimulation.

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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Autumn Lunch Cancelled

Saturday 10th October 2020
Grafton / Radisson Hotel, London

Sadly we have had to cancel the Autumn Lunch

Annual Study Morning & Charity Meeting Cancelled

24th April, 2021.
At the Grafton/Radisson Hotel, 130 Tottenham Court Road

Sadly we have had to cancel this event

Autumn Lunch

Saturday 16th October 2021
At the Grafton/Radisson Hotel, 130 Tottenham Court Road

Details available closer to the date

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

The President’s Farewell Letter

The President’s Farewell Letter

The President's Farewell The President's Farewell Letter Dear Friends, This is my last letter to you as your President and Chair of the Benevolent Fund. I have been involved with the League and Charity on and off for the last 16 years and have always been proud of my...

Chair’s Report September 2020

Chair’s Report September 2020

The Chair reports the following activities from March to September 2020. Due to COvid-19 restrictions, a decision was taken in March to ensure the safety of Trustees and associate members:

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