Education and Professional Development

The Education and Professional Development Committee provides a number of opportunities for Freeman and their guests.

Educational Forums

We provide 3 Forums each year to bring delegates together to explore contemporary issues facing the nursing profession and more generally, healthcare provision. These events are developed as a result of feedback from Freemen which enables The Company of Nurses to provide a rich and varied programme. Our events are always well attended and early booking is essential.

Preparation for coaching and mentoring for Company members

With future roles for the Company and its members post coronavirus in mind, we are pleased to share with you details of a new Company initiative that will benefit our members and provide an opportunity for coaching and mentoring.

The Company is proposing to provide free access to experienced coaches and mentors for its Freemen and Apprentices, on request, in order to meet part of its Education and Professional Development objectives.

Coaching and mentoring will complement the range of activities that the Education and Professional Development Committee already offers in its busy programme. These interventions will be particularly helpful to members who wish to:

  • Develop their interpersonal skills through longer term coaching
  • Seek career support and develop professional potential through long term mentoring and coaching
  • Access short term coaching in order to develop a strategic perspective in preparation for, or following promotion to a more senior role
  • Deal with conflict situations using short term mentoring or coaching
  • Deal with the impact of change using short, medium or long term coaching. This might include experiencing a disorienting dilemma (Mezirow, 1991)
  • Experience a smooth transition to practice or return to practice using short term mentoring. This might also be useful for individuals undergoing revalidation for the first time

It is proposed that the scheme will be run by experienced coaches and mentors from within the Company’s membership. It will provide a bespoke and personal service to individuals that is not available in their workplace or through academic institutions. It will be based on a philosophy that is grounded on people’s perceptions of social reality and not organisational or systems based, but making sense and meaning out of behaviour and interactions between individuals and groups.   That is a process of transformative rather than transactional learning (Mezirow, 1991; Mezirow, Taylor and Associates, 2009).

Expressions of interest are initially invited from qualified mentors and coaches to build the delivery team. There will be opportunities to recruit further mentors and coaches, following appropriate training, to sustain the service which could be academically accredited once proven to be effective, thus, contributing to coaches and mentors own CPD requirements.

A register of coaches and mentors, plus requests for coaching and mentoring, will be managed by Freeman David Bates on behalf of the Education and Professional Development Committee.

If you wish to register yourself as a coach or mentor please get in touch with David by email to . Please also provide a short (no more than 200 word) synopsis of your qualifications and experience to date.

Once we have a cohort of coaches and mentors, we will create an agreed coaching framework that is unique to meeting our Company members’ requirements.

Livery School Link Volunteer Platform

We are very pleased that we are now a member of the Livery School Link and as volunteers, we will provide career outreach work to Schools.

Further information will be available once the Volunteering platform has been developed and we hope to go live in the Autumn of 2020.

Working with Future Frontiers 

We have developed a partnership with this charitable education organisation who support young people from lower income backgrounds to enable them to fulfil their potential. Future Frontiers provide a programme of career coaching and access to professional role models. The aim is to inspire young people to learn at school and ensure that those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds are able to get the education, training and employment they need to have a successful future.

The Company of Nurses supports this work by:

  • Becoming a professional expert
  • Joining a career networking event

For further information please contact:


All of our events and activities contribute extremely well to a Revalidation Portfolio for those members working towards NMC re-registration.

If you are interested in applying to become a Freeman of The Company of Nurses, please go to Joining our Company page and complete a Membership Application form.