Meet the Trustees of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

We are always on the look out for new Trustees from our associate members who are able to give some of their time to the Charity.

Vice Presidents for LifeMiss J. Flindall FRCN
Mrs B. M. Baer
Mrs A. Coffey
Vice Presidentto be elected at April 19 Executive meeting
ChairProfessor H Allan
SecretaryMrs Shirley Warwick
TreasurerProfessor Theresa Wiseman
Mrs H BakerMrs A Dodhia
Alison FinchKate Warwick
Dr Wendy Knibb Dr E Maxwell
Mrs Pat EdmundJanet Likeman


Chair of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Professor Helen Allan

Professor Helen Allan
About Helen

Helen Allan is a Professor of Nursing at Middlesex University, London, UK. She registered as a nurse in 1979, working for 13 years in acute care. After a BSc Sociology at the London School of Economics, London University, Helen 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. Helen completed her PhD in Nursing part time at Manchester University in 2000. She worked with Professor Pam Smith at the University of Surrey in the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education. Helen has held Chairs at the Universities of Surrey, York and since 2014 at Middlesex University.

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Elaine Maxwell

Elaine Maxwell
About Elaine

Elaine Maxwell (Set 222) started at UCH in January 1977 and staffed on 4/3 under Sr Sare and later as a Staff Nurse on the newly opening Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant unit on PPW2. Her final stint was as a Night Sister at St Pancras Hospital. She was Director of Nursing at both Dorset County Hospital and Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals before belatedly undertaking her PhD. She was Associate Professor of Leadership at London South Bank University, running the Aspiring Director of Nursing Post Graduate Certificate before joining the National Institute of Health Research Dissemination centre in 2017.

Admin Assistant of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Kate Warwick

Elaine Maxwell
About Kate

Secretary of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Shirley Warwick

Shirley Warwick
About Shirley

Shirley Warwick trained at UCH from 1967-1970 (set 174).

After qualifying, I staffed on ward 3:1 (female surgical) until my marriage.
I returned to UCH in 1971 staffing on ward 1:2 the radiotherapy ward and department until leaving to have my daughter followed by a son.

In 1979 I became a district nursing sister and practical work tutor.

The last years of my career were spent as a community based Macmillan Nursing Sister combined with some lecturing. I retired 15 years ago and have volunteered for various organisations. My late husband died in 2011. I now have a daughter and son plus 3 grandchildren (all boys).

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Hilary Baker

Professor Theresa Wiseman
About Hilary

Hilary Baker is the Macmillan Lead nurse specialist in Uro-oncology at UCLH having returned to her alma matter in 2014 after a thirty-year gap following her nurse training in 1983 (as set 245). She has worked all her career as a urology/surgical nurse both in the NHS and private sector in a variety of roles and the past twenty years have been in oncology as a CNS. She has a MSC in cancer studies and a BSc in cancer and palliative care from Oxford Brookes University and is registered on the NMC as a an advance nurse practitioner. She is passionate about patient pre-habilitation and rehabilitation following surgery and patient experience. Outside of work Hilary enjoys walking in the Buckinghamshire countryside with her dogs, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Trustee at UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Alison Finch

Alison Finch
About Alison

Alison Finch is currently assistant chief nurse at University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and in parallel holds a National Institute for Health Research clinical doctoral fellowship. She is undertaking her PhD research within the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London. Alison registered as a nurse in 1993 and has worked predominantly with young people within the specialities of haematology and cancer care. She has worked with the Middlesex Hospital and UCLH for twenty years as a staff nurse, sister, matron and lead nurse. A former recipient of the UCH London Nurses’ Charity Janet Hull travel Scholarship, Alison has been a committee member and then trustee since 2013. Alison was awarded a MBE for services to nursing in 2009.

Treasurer of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Professor Theresa Wiseman

Professor Theresa Wiseman
About Theresa

Theresa Wiseman is a clinical nurse academic with a joint appointment between The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Southampton. She holds a chair in Applied Health Research in Cancer Care, is passionate about research but more so that it makes a difference to patients and families. She began nursing at UCH in January 1977 and joined Set 222, qualifying in January 1980. She had various staff nurse posts including working in Germany, completed her ITU training at The London Hospital and returned to UCH as a Sister in 5:1 from 1983-1985 when she became a clinical teacher. After completing a BSc and Post Grad Dip in Education she worked at Bloomsbury College of Nursing and Midwifery from 1992-1997 when it closed. Following this, Theresa worked as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London (KCL). Here she completed her PhD and obtained her first joint appointment with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust and KCL, before taking up her post as Strategic Lead of Applied Health Research at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RMNHSFT). In 2015 she was awarded a chair in Applied Health Research in Cancer Care (joint appointment) by the University of Southampton and RMNHSFT. She has always maintained a clinical component of her role and has had joint clinical academic posts since 2008.  Her research focusses on patient and carer experience of cancer and treatment and developing services and interventions to ameliorate that experience.

Assistant Treasurer of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Dr Wendy Knibb

Dr Wendy Knibb
About Wendy

Wendy Knibb is a semi-retired Health Economist. Whilst not from a nursing background, she has been involved in many research projects particularly relating to nurse training and translational research. Wendy was at the University of Surrey for 16 years where she taught mainly on postgraduate courses and held a Senior Lectureship on her retirement. Her PhD was concerned with the use and the training provision for HCAs and Support Workers in the NHS in England.

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Dr Janet Likeman

Professor Theresa Wiseman
About Janet

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Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Mrs Pat Edmund

Professor Theresa Wiseman
About Pat

I trained at UCH, in Set 154, from 1962-66 winning The Merrifield Palmer Memorial Prize and staffing on 4/3 under wonderful Sister Sare. I left UCH in 1966 to get married, joining my husband in Germany serving with the Royal Air Force.(1966-68 and 1977-80), giving voluntary welfare support to overseas young RAF families (at that time, Officers’ wives were not permitted to work , only in a voluntary capacity).

Bringing up six children, born between 1967-1979, I completed a Back to Nursing Course in Watford in 1980, working on the Regional Burns Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital Northwood and on ICU there. Later, I worked in Orthopaedics and then moved to Care of the Elderly at Home, which actually prepared me for providing full-time care for my widowed father 1997-2002 wheelchair- bound after several strokes. By 2008, my husband became very ill and I have been his full-time carer ever since, as well as childminder to our many lovely Grandchildren. Teaching during ‘Lockdown’ remotely has proved challenging and fun!

Finally, I have been involved with the League since 1967, often serving on the Executive Committee, helping with both the 95th Anniversary as well as the Centenary Celebrations. More recently, I have become a Trustee with UCH London Nurses’ Charity continuing to arrange our Social Events in London.

My father was a UCH trained doctor and two of our daughters trained as UCH nurses, so it’s very much been part of our lives

Chair’s Report January 2021, Professor Helen Allan

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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a decision was taken in March 2020 to ensure the safety of Trustees and associate members:

  1. To cancel the Study day and Charity meeting April 2020, Autumn lunch October 2020 and Study day and charity meeting in April 2021.
    1. Pat Edmunds has notified the Grafton hotel and our bookings have been transferred to 2021/2022. A note was posted on the website, in the Magazine 2020 and a message on the office phone. Trustees informed as many associate members as they could by phone.
  2. To hold the April trustee meeting and Benevolent Fund meetings remotely. Chair Helen Allan was unable to attend as she was sick with Covid-19 and has subsequently had 6 months off. Her thanks to the trustees especially Shirley Warwick, Wendy Nowell, Theresa Wiseman and Wendy Knibb for ensuring the business of the Charity was conducted. Thanks also to our new administrator Kate Warwick who has supported the work of the trustees during this difficult time. We have held two trustee meetings remotely now in September 2020 and January 2021.
  3. Ongoing business:
    1. Website continues to attract users
    2. There has been a problem with the link to new members’ and renewal of membership which is being sorted out by the website developer and manager.
    3. Secretarial supported by an administrative assistant which is working well.
    4. Kate will attend Trustee meetings to take action notes to replace Minutes Secretary.
    5. Database – Kate has begun to update the 2018 database and move to using online database which is stored in UCH LNC OneDrive. Each function has a folder on the OneDrive.
    6. Fellowship with UCHLNC to fund 6 month secondment of a band 7 UCLH nurse to conduct focus groups with nurses and midwives at UCLH to develop a membership model for the future. This work has been on hold due to Covid-19 and Helen’s sick leave.
    7. Archive work has been on hold due to Covid-19.
    8. Helen and Wendy Nowell were working with Walter Burog at UCLH to contribute to the Florence Nightingale celebrations in the Year of the Nurse 2020. Helen has submitted an abstract to Nursing Now 2020 on our work with the trust. All this work is on hold due to Covid-19. It will be cancelled as Nursing Now 2020 will no longer run due to Covid-19.
    9. Preceptees awards – another award event was attended by Hilary Baker and Helen Allan in October 2019. This was postponed due to Covid-19.

At our most recent Benevolent fund meeting, it was decided to make a donation for the relief of nurses working at UCLH looking after Covid patients. Helen is in contact with the nursing leadership to take this forward.

Helen Allan

January 2021

Professor Helen Alan

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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

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Chair’s Report January 2021

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