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
ChairProfessor H Allan
Hon SecretaryDr P. Page
Hon TreasurerProfessor T. Wiseman
EditorMr A. Baudains
InvestmentsDr. W. Knibb
Events Co-ordinatorMrs P. Edmund
Events Co-ordinatorMrs J. Williams
Archiving/Facebook LiaisonTBA
ACM Minutes SecretaryAmanda Harrington
UCLH LiaisonMs A. Finch
Janet Doyle Blunden
Members of the Benevolent Fund Committee
ChairDr A. Arber
Ms H. MeehanMs C. West
Ms W. NowellMrs S. Warwick
Ms K. CuthillProfessor T. Wiseman
Dr. W. KnibbProfessor H. Allan
Amanda Harrington


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.

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 who has extensive knowledge of research particularly relating to nurse training and translational research. Academia is a second career for Wendy after a spell as assistant to the Investment Advisor of a large private bank in London. She gained a BSc (Hons) in Economics with Politics, went on to undertake an MSc in Economics and after being awarded a studentship from the University of Surrey, in 2005 she completed her research training reading for a PhD on ‘The use and training provision for HCAs and Support Workers in the NHS in England’. Whilst at the University of Surrey for 16 years, she held various posts including running the Doctorate of Clinical Practice programme and supporting many MSc and PhD students through their research studies. From 2008 to 2011, she held a part-time secondment to the Department of Health South-East to provide advice on Health Economics and Evaluative techniques. Wendy was heavily involved in the European Health Management Association for many years where she ran a Special Interest Group on Healthcare Force Management. Much of her research has centred on evaluative studies.

Trustee at UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Alison Finch

Alison Finch - Trustee
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.

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Jan Williams

Jan Williams Trustee
About Jan

I trained at UCH from 1975-77 and feel indebted for opportunities provided me. I was a Sister on ward 5:1 before becoming a Tutor in Minerva House from 1983-91. Last year I retired as Dean of Health and Education at Middlesex University. This role is a chance for me to give something back to UCLH nurses.

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Amanda Harrington

About Amanda

Amanda Harrington completed her nurse training at UCH in 1984 (set 252). She worked on 4/4 (female medicine) and the Accident & Emergency ward. She then moved to the Westminster Hospital where she worked as a ward sister on a cardiology and haematology ward and then as a senior night sister. In 1992 she moved to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital as a site manager/nurse practitioner.

She moved over to the governance side working in clinical audit and setting up a complaints department, and later the PALS team. As Patient Liaison Manager she managed the complaints and PALS teams, patient and public involvement, bereavement and mortuary services.

In 2008 she completed her Masters in Medical Law and moved to work at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. During her time here she has overseen some of the complex and high-profile health investigations. Amanda has recently taken semi-retirement and is working part-time. She has two children and one amazing grandson!

Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Andrew Baudains

Lesley Brydon
About Andrew

Andrew Baudains is the Managing Director of Baudains Executive Services which is a bespoke recruitment, coaching and consultancy business.

Andrew started his nursing career in 1984 (set 271) and was a Staff Nurse and Senior Staff Nurse at UCH on 5:1 before moving to the Middlesex Hospital, working in Cardiology and Coronary Care. He then completed the ITU course at the Middlesex Hospital before moving to ITU at the Westminster Hospital. Andrew then moved to Queen Square as a Charge Nurse, assisting with setting up their new SITU. He then moved to the Midlands as a District Resuscitation Training Officer before becoming the Medical Services Manager at Kings Mill Hospital which included several in-patient, out-patient, community and day case services.

Having moved into management, for many years Andrew continued to practice as a Bank Nurse in the acute sector within ITU and also working as an inflight nurse, accompanying critically ill patients to various specialist centres. Most recently he has worked for the Government of Jersey as part of the Covid-19 response team.

Andrew has a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management; a Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Organisation and Policy; and an MSc in Healthcare Management.

Previous voluntary positions have included: Chairman, British Red Cross – Jersey; Chairman, Jersey Independent Prison Monitoring Board; and Trustee of the Antoine Trust (a charity helping Jersey children and their families through cancer).


Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Mrs Pat Edmund

Pat Edmund
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


Secretary of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Dr Pam Page

Pam Page
About Pam

Pam Page currently works as the quality assurance deputy director on behalf of the NMC. She has over 40 years’ experience in both clinical and university settings in the UK.

Pam started her nursing career in January 1981 (set 248) and staffed on 5:1 before completing her ICU course at Guys Hospital. Her clinical career has been within the field of critical and high dependency care. Within higher education, Pam gained her principal fellowship with the Higher Education Academy reflecting extensive partnership working across the NHS and independent healthcare sector. The latter part of her career has focused on quality enhancement and quality assurance working with several professional statutory and regulatory bodies including the GMC, HCPC and the NMC. Pam’s passion and identity however remains that of a critical care nurse who strives to improve quality of life during and post-critical illness for both survivors and their families. This has been the focus of her PhD studies. Pam is on the board of trustees for the charity ICUsteps.

In 2019 Pam was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) travel fellowship to research critical illness survivorship and is a former recipient of the UCH London Nurses Charity Janet Hull travel scholarship.


Trustee of UCH London Nurses’ Charity

Janet Doyle Blunden

Janet Doyle Blunden
About Janet

Janet Doyle Blunden – RN, RM, BSc. Hons (Nursing Studies), BFRP – trained at UCH from 1972 to 1975, and was (and according to her contemporaries still is) Set 195 Rep’. Janet staffed on Ward 2/1, returning as Night Sister then Ward Sister of 3/2 (gastroenterology) after midwifery training at Southmead, Bristol and Staffing on a radiotherapy Ward at the Royal Free Hospital.

From 1983 she devoted her time to developing nursing and multidisciplinary working, setting up nutrition and pain relief teams, innovative staff support services and one of the early hospital-based palliative care teams, for the Borough of Barnet. She co-founded Cherry Lodge Cancer Care using a patient/professional collaborative model, a service of which she is now Patron. Her clinical, service development, research and organisational skills were further developed as Regional Nurse, Palliative Care for East Anglia Regional Health Authority and then as an independent consultant. During this time, she was involved in many Europewide, national and Department of Health working parties and research projects and established the Education Centre for East Anglia Children’s Hospices. She continued to undertake clinical practice assignments alongside leadership roles and was Vice-Chair of the National Bereavement Association and National Association of Staff Support.

Janet was Chief Executive of the Norfolk Hospice from 2006 to 10 during which time she led a major capital project to create a bedded hospice in one of the last areas of the UK to have such a facility. Returning to the London area, she worked at Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust as Programme Manager developing groundbreaking new services: GSTT@home delivering acute care at home and Pal@home providing out-of-hours palliative care. Prior to retirement in 2019 Janet was Commissioning Manager for Mental Health, and Learning Disability for East Surrey CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group). She now provides patient advocacy support and combines her commitment to holistic care, nursing skills and love of gardening, having qualified as a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner. She has been a long-standing member of the UCH League, the forerunner of UCHL NC, and is pleased to join the Trustee Board.

Chair’s Report February 2023, Professor Helen Allan

This is my fifth report as Chair of UCH London Nurses’ Charity. My thanks to the trustees, members of the Benevolent Fund Committee and volunteers without whose work the charity would not continue. Our work has been successful over 2023, we continue to award education and benevolent fund grants, we have good liaison with UCLH and our media presence on the website and Facebook is impressive with online sales increasing. Our finances will be reported on by Theresa Wiseman our Treasurer and Wendy Knibb who is responsible for investments. The work I’ve led on over the last year has focused on four areas:

1. Modernisation and governance

  • Internal processes – Secretarial, support from Kate Warwick and in the future Amanda Harrington for ACM Minutes.
  • Publicising our policies and application processes; increasing the number of awards.
  • Online processes for trustee meetings, BF meetings and consequently reducing running costs of the charity.

2. Trustees and volunteers

  • 12 trustees – 1 new 2022 (Deborah Glover) + 1 new Jan 2023 (Janet Doyle Blunden)
  • BF 8 members (2 new 2022 – Anne Arber as Chair, Amanda Harrington)

3. Liaison

  • with UCLH – Chief Nurses’ Monthly Bulletin, Preceptee awards
  • with MDX Nurses’ League – future of London Nurses’ Leagues
  • with Facebook group

4. Dissemination work

  • Website
  • Archive project – we need to digitise our documents to construct an online resource for future generations of nurses.
  • Magazine – positive feedback on 2022’s edition.

It feels as if we’ve been through an exceptionally busy and challenging time since I took over as Chair in 2019. We have established good governance processes and systems, launched a website including an online shop, and Facebook presence as well as increased our liaison with UCLH. We now need to think about the future.

We have had to pack up the office as the lease held by the UCLH trust has been given up and we are negotiating with the Chief Nurse at UCLH to have our registered address at trust headquarters along with access to a computer and some filing space. I have met with Daniel Scott-Davies, UCLH trust archivist on what we can archive. And I have emailed UCL Special Collections to see if we can add some materials to that collection. The office’s current materials/documents are in lockable storage.

I have also been contacted by the Middlesex League to talk about how we have expanded our membership and developed an online presence through the website and Facebook. I have been invited to a meeting about the future of the London Leagues as the majority have closed since 2000. We were given a presentation in 2018 by the Nurses Guild about potential membership rather than independent existence. Janet Doyle Blunden is writing a long-term strategy/plan for the future of the Charity.

If you’d like to be involved in the work of the Charity over the next few years, there are trustee positions available:

  • Trustee/treasurer
  • Trustee/digital archiving work

Professor Helen T Allan
Chair UCH London Nurses’ Charity
13th February 2023

Professor Helen Alan

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Preceptorship Celebration Event 2024

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Chair’s Report 2023

Chair’s Report 2023

This is my fifth report as Chair of UCH London Nurses’ Charity. My thanks to the trustees, members of the Benevolent Fund Committee and volunteers without whose work the charity would not continue.
Our work has been successful over 2023, we continue to award education and benevolent fund grants, we have good liaison with UCLH

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