UCH London Nurses' Charity

The UCH London Nurses’ Charity is a non-profit making organisation for all nurses past and present of University College Hospital London.  The UCH London Nurses’ Charity is run by Trustees who are all volunteers and always looking for new members of UCH to join them.

The Aims of UCH London Nurses' Charity

To share best practice and experiences with others bringing benefit to the wider public.

To manage the benevolent fund.

To manage the educational fund and travel scholarship.

Joining the Charity

Becoming an associate of the UCH London Nurses’ Charity entitles you to a Members’ magazine issued annually. Updates on the hospital, colleagues and friends. Access to regular Charity functions.

We charge £15 per year, rising to £20 from April 2020.

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.

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

Membership with the UCH London Nurses’ Charity is there 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

I am thrilled to be the new Chair of the UCH London Nurses’ Charity and really look forward to working with the trustees to develop the Charity’s work.

My vision for the Charity

Is to increase the membership by raising its profile in the Trust/UCLH among younger and active registered nurses.
To do this, the trustees are pleased to announce:

  • The sponsorship by the Charity of Preceptee Awards for three years. These will be awarded for the first time at an event on December 17th 2018 at UCLH.
  • Development of a website with an external web developer linking with Alison Finch, Shirley Warwick and Helen Allan.
  • Development of an online Magazine format as well as the hard copy.
  • Development of a digital database.
  • Payment of membership fees to be online for new members.
  • Encouragement by new members to apply for education funding from the Charity to meet personal career development and move the future of nursing at UCLH forward.

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

24th April, 2021. Registration from 10.30
At the Grafton/Radisson Hotel, 130 Tottenham Court Road

Tickets will be available once we confirm it is going ahead.

How We Help

Find out more about our Funds

Educational Fund

The aim of the fund is to assist associate members with grants for 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.

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Autumn Lunch 2019

Autumn Lunch 2019

The Autumn Lunch on Saturday 12th October was well attended with over 65 sitting down to lunch. The lunch was held at the Grafton Radisson Hotel in Tottenham Court Road, site of the Grafton Nurses’ Home.

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