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The Company of Nurses is there for all nurses - past, present and future with the core aims of fellowship, benevolence and education guiding all that we do.

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Frances Davies
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Frances Davies

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Meet our new Court Members

Christine Anderson – Chair of the Social Committee Christine qualified as a State Registered Nurse at The Nightingale School at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1976 and has spent most of her professional life working in Social Care until retirement 3 years ago. Christine has been a Magistrate for 27 years and now specialises in the…
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Bishop of London admitted as an Honorary Freeman

In recognition of her services to nursing, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE,  Bishop of London, was admitted to the Freedom of the Company at a virtual meeting of the Court held on 5 October. After Bishop Sarah had made her Declaration, the Master, Elizabeth Turnbull, confirmed her as an Honorary…
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Edith Cavell

Wreath Laying at the Edith Cavell Statue

Edith Cavell, who trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital, was executed by a German firing squad on the 12th October 1915. She had been found guilty of aiding the escape of Allied prisoners from occupied Belgium during WW1. The memorial to her, which stands in St Martins in the Field London, was…
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Company of Nurses welcomes our new Master at our virtual Annual Assembly held on October 5th 2020

Dear Freemen I was delighted to see so many of you at the Annual Assembly yesterday, and I look forward to keeping closely in touch with you. I am honoured and privileged to be your Master, the fourth in our short history. As with much this year the installation had to be very different to…
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Professor Anne Harriss the first nurse President of the Society of Occupational Medicine

On June 24 Professor Anne Harriss became the first nurse and non physician to be appointed the President of the Society for Occupational Medicine. Professor Harriss started her career as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. At the University of Surrey Professor Harriss completed an MSc in Occupational Health. Since then her experience…
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Past Events

Annual Church Service Wednesday 14th October 2020

The Company of Nurses Annual Church service was held on Wednesday 14th October 2020. The service took place at St Laurence Church, Catford and the Company’s Honorary Chaplain, The Rev’d Canon Charles Pickstone officiated. The service was live streamed and it was wonderful to know that so many Freemen were able to watch and take…
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The Company of Nurses Freedom Ceremony Monday 5th October 2020

  During the Court Meeting of the Company of Nurses on Monday 5th October, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, was welcomed as the Company’s third Honorary Freeman. On the same evening, following the Annual Assembly, our newly installed Master Frances Davies presided over her first Freedom Ceremony. As…
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Virtual Wine Tasting – a leisurely trip down the Loire and Rhone rivers Monday 14th September 2020

The Company was lucky to secure the wit, knowledge and repartee of Jeremy Randall, Past Master of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen for our first wine tasting event. Unfortunately, this had to be held virtually due to Covid restrictions but this meant that Freemen were able to enjoy the wines in their own homes…
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Education and Professional Development Event 30th September 2020

Recognising the importance of frailty – identifying patients on admission to the Emergency Department We were delighted that Jane Tippett, Consultant Nurse, King’s College Hospital could join us for our first virtual education event. In spite of the on-line delivery, we were able to attract significant interest. Jane was able to explore with us the…
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The Company of Nurses Freedom Ceremony Tuesday 14th July 2020

With face to face events being impossible to plan, the Company of Nurses held a virtual Freedom Ceremony via the online conferencing platform Zoom on a lovely July evening. Freedom Ceremonies are organised so that the new applicants who have been approved by the Court can make their declarations to the Company in front of…
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Quiz Night – 25th June 2020

Thursday 25th June saw the Company of Nurses’ inaugural virtual quiz. There was a good uptake from members and there were twelve teams in total, with names ranging from The Bedpanners, The Sluice Room and Matron Knows best! Teams varied in size, but most had two or three people in them. The quiz hosts were…
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Sparkling Afternoon Tea and Freedom Ceremony Monday – 9th March 2020

A traditional Guild Ceremony followed by an afternoon tea reception was held in the lovely setting of The Members Dining Room at Guildhall. We were delighted that 21 new Freemen of the Guild were able to make their declarations to the Guild of Nurses in front of the Immediate Past Master, Wardens, Court Assistants and…
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Cutlers’ Hall Tour and Luncheon – 18th February 2020

On Tuesday the 18th of February 2020, Freemen, members and guests of The Guild of Nurses came together for an informative and entertaining tour conducted by the Beadle, David Hasler of Cutlers’ Hall in Warwick Lane.  This has been the home of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers since March 1888.  He was ably accompanied by…
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Time to Talk – 12 February 2020 Edit

A lecture organised by the Health Liveries Group The Master, Upper Warden, Middle Warden, Honorary Clerk and several Freemen attended a lecture given by Dr Katie Berhens on mental health in the workplace. This was organised through the Health Livery Partnership which the Guild of Nurses is part of. Dr Berhens is a GP in…
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Docklands museum visit and the River Emergency Services 22nd January 2020

The London Docklands museum is a fascinating place and I was privileged to spend a wonderful afternoon there with the Guild of Nurses. It is housed in one of very few original buildings and was working as one of the busiest warehouses from 1802 right up until the advent of containerships. At that point the…
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