Joining Our Company

The Company of Nurses has been registered by the Aldermen of the City of London as a Company of the City, which is the second of three stages to becoming a full Livery Company (which will be The Worshipful Company of Nurses). We are now a Company without Livery, and the next stage is to become a Worshipful Company and our values of benevolence, friendship and education will continue to guide us as one of the noble professions within the Livery movement of the City of London.

Each stage requires a certain number of members and the meeting of certain financial targets. Members of a Company are Freemen (a dual-gender term) of their Company and are invited to attend all the statutory meetings, including the formal lunches and dinners and receive invitations to the professional and social meetings that are organised by the Company throughout each year.

Freemen are asked to recognise that membership of a City Company is intended to be a mark of lifelong commitment to supporting their trade or profession. This commitment is manifested by regular charitable giving and by participation - even if only occasionally - in Company meetings and events. It is neither a mark of professional recognition nor a club membership to be assumed and discarded at will.

The Company, through its Charitable Trust, will make financial gifts that will support the nursing profession anywhere in the United Kingdom, give assistance to bodies that are committed to raising the standards of nursing care and to those that foster the ethos of nursing.  Support will be provided for those that are disadvantaged or in financial need to help with training or research to improve standards and skills and all our members will be encouraged to become involved with one or more of the charities we support.
 The Company of Nurses, as with all Livery Companies, is concerned with philanthropic fellowship.

Applications for membership of The Company of Nurses and admission to the Freedom will be considered from those whose names are or have previously been on the Register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (or equivalent regulatory body). Nurses from all specialties, nurses no longer in current clinical practice and retired nurses are very welcome. Apprentice membership is open to students who are studying for a degree that, on completion, will lead to them being entered on the Register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Membership of the Company is open to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria applicable at the time of applying regardless of age, sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or gender reassignment. In order to be eligible to join you must be 18 years old; have no criminal convictions (excluding any deemed to be spent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and any that are for minor traffic offences); not be an un-discharged bankrupt; and be proposed and seconded by two Freemen of the Company.

Application Form and Annual Fees (Quarterage)

Please download the application form. The completed form should be sent by post to the address shown.

If you do not have a proposer and seconder or have any questions relating to the application process, please e-mail enquiries@companyofnurses.co.uk, before submitting your application form.

The annual fee payable as a Freeman of the Company (known as ‘Quarterage’) is currently £65, and there is a one-off joining fee of £25, due in May each year.

The annual fee payable as an Apprentice is £10. Following registration and admission to the Freedom, the same amount is payable for 3 years as a Freeman.

Application process

As the process of becoming a Freeman of the Company is rather different from joining other organisations, you may find the following information helpful:

  • Once your completed application form and payment have been received, you will be sent confirmation by e-mail from the Honorary Secretary of the Membership Committee. (Please check Spam boxes!).
  • Your application will then be reviewed by the Membership Committee to ensure that you qualify for membership and that you meet the eligibility criteria. The Committee will then make its recommendation to the Court which is the governing body of the Company. Court meetings are held four times a year, so it could be up to three months before your application is decided upon. You will be kept updated by the Chairman of the Membership Committee about the progress of your application. If you have any questions about your application, please contact The Chairman of the Membership Committee or the Honorary Secretary membership@companyofnurses.co.uk
  • After the Court meeting, you will be notified of the outcome by the Clerk.
  • If your application is successful you will be required to attend a Freedom ceremony and make the Declaration of a Freeman (see below), a tradition which dates back to medieval times and an honour still recognised today by the City of London. After making your declaration and signing the register, the Master will admit you to the Freedom of the Company. You will receive your Freedom certificate and a welcome pack
  • The Freedom ceremony is usually followed by a social event, to which you are encouraged to bring members of your family and friends to celebrate with you. We organise these ceremonies regularly throughout the year, so you have an opportunity to be admitted to the Freedom as quickly as possible. These events are sometimes oversubscribed, so you are advised to apply as soon as you receive notice of the date.
  • There is no charge for the Freedom ceremony, but the reception afterwards requires tickets, for which there is a charge to cover the cost of the refreshments.

The Freemen of The Company of Nurses will have a chance to become actively involved and to contribute directly on the journey towards full Livery status and all Freemen will be kept up to date with the progress of The Company of Nurses, by email (MailChimp), regular newsletters and by post.


I do solemnly and sincerely declare that I shall be loyal to our sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth the Second, and to her heirs and successors, I shall be faithful in all lawful things to the Master and Court of Assistants of the Company of Nurses, and I shall be obedient to the Company’s Ordinances, paying my dues and giving of my time and energy, as shall be expected of me. I further declare that I shall be true to the art and mystery of nursing, always mindful of the Nightingale Pledge and Code of Ethics of my chosen profession giving of my skills and knowledge to those committed to my care without limitation and conscious always of the professional conduct expected of me.

Freedom of the City of London

Freemen must become Free of the City of London before becoming Liverymen of their Worshipful Company. As Freemen of The Company of Nurses, they are eligible to apply to become Free of the City as a nurse.

Further information is available here, from the Honorary Clerk (clerk@companyofnurses.co.uk) and from Mr M Craig, Chamberlain’s Court, Guildhall, London, EC2P 2EJ (020 7332 3055).

Membership of a Ward Club

The City of London is divided into Wards which are local government sub-districts. Each Ward has its own social club and Guilds and Companies often have membership arrangements with the Ward Club local to where they are based.

City Livery Club

The Club shares the riverside premises of the Little Ship Club on the North Thames river walk. There is a club room and bar and various dining and meeting rooms. Hotel accommodation is available on site for members who wish to stay in central London. For further details, please visit http://www.cityliveryclub.com/