The Worshipful Company of Nurses

I am writing to ensure you are the first to know that the Court of Aldermen met this afternoon to consider our Petition for a Grant of Livery and agreed to recognise the Company of Nurses as a Livery Company of the City of London. From henceforward, therefore, we will be known as the Worshipful Company of Nurses and will take our place as No.111 in the Livery Companies’ order of precedence.

This is a truly historic moment for the Company, and I would like to thank each and every one of you for helping us to achieve our goal to further the work of nurses who have gone before us, offer support to nurses where it is needed, to contribute to the professional development of nurses today and leave a legacy for all generations of nurses to come.

In particular, I wish to thank our Sponsoring Aldermen, Dr Sir Andrew Parmley, for the confidence he has placed in us and for his invaluable guidance. I would especially like to thank the Founders without whose vision and commitment none of this would have been possible. And finally, I would like to thank my colleagues on the Court of Assistants and members of our Standing Committees for their continuing support, commitment and determination; our Honorary Clerk for his dedication and wise counsel; and our Bicentennial Freemen and Friends for their financial commitment.

The size of the Livery has been set at 250 by the Court of Aldermen, but the number of Freemen the Company can enrol remains unlimited.  We will be announcing the process by which Freemen can apply to become Liverymen of the Company once it has been finalised. In the meantime, some FAQs have been prepared detailing the additional benefits that this will bring including other questions you might have about the transition to Livery. Please click here to view the FAQs.

This is a memorable day not only for us as a Company, but also for our noble profession, and for all nurses Past, Present and Future.

Elizabeth Bardolph