League News


Saturday 29 September last year was another successful day, culminating in the AGM.

Faith Gibson held the audience for over two hours talking about her research into improving the experiences of children and young people in hospital and answered many questions relating to the topic. She is amazing and the outcomes from her research were facinating.


THE 2019 (82ND) NURSES' LEAGUE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Saturday 28 September 2019 at The Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG.

The day will start at 10am in the chapel within the hospital, and be followed by coffee and lunch. After lunch there will be a talk on subjects that are relevant and of interest to league members – further details to follow – and then the AGM.

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Executive Committee

We have recently welcomed two new members, Karen and Yvonne, to the Executive Committee. if you are interested in joining the committee please contact us via email at secretary@gosnursesleague.org.

International Nurses Day 2018 at GOSH

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(from the address given by Imelda Charles-Edwards to the 2016 AGM)

I will introduce myself to those who do not know me. I was in the October 1967 set. I became a Staff Nurse and later a Sister on a general surgical ward at GOS. I also worked as a Sister on a medical ward in Oxford. After training to teach I spent 4 years at UCH School of Nursing before returning to GOS as Senior Tutor for curriculum development. This was at the time leading up to and then introducing Project 2000.

I became Head of the School of Nursing at the time of the move to higher education. The planned move in the Institute of Child Health collapsed as I took over and we had to find an alternative university home. This lead to a move to London South Bank University where I worked for 4 years before moving to the English National Board. This gave me amongst other things a unique opportunity to visit children's services from Paediatric Intensive Care to Community Children's Nursing teams and Children's Hospices. I then led the children's degree course by distance learning at the RCN before retiring. Since then I have been trustee at the Children's Trust Tadworth.

I am delighted and honoured to be asked to be President of the League to give me the opportunity to give something back to the place that has meant so much to me and has defined my career. I will give my energy to doing as good a job for all the members as I can.


To raise the League's profile and hopefully to attract more members, a day conference was decided upon to explore the many changes that have taken place in Nursing since the foundation of GOSH took place.

Following the decision to organise the event, Susan Macqueen and Di Robertshaw donned their thinking caps and soon six excellent speakers had been charmed into participating. Their task was to speak on the Past, Present and Future of nursing. The planning for the event was all a bit helter-skelter and involved a number of meetings in The Lagoon and many email exchanges but on the day, much to the relief of the organisers, everything proceeded like clockwork, a good demonstration of nursing teamwork.

Some of the speakers

More pictures in the Picture Gallery...

All the speakers gave stimulating and passionate insights into their particular area of expertise. Jan Saxton offered a moving address about the plight of children around the time that GOSH opened its doors in 1852. She described the inspirational work of Thomas Coram and Charles West.

Susan Macqueen reminded us all of early aseptic techniques and then brought us up to date with the current thinking on preventing infection in healthcare. Liz Smith, Advanced Lead Nurse Practitioner in the Cardiac Unit, continued the theme of change, describing the improved prospects of children born with half a heart. She explained how there are now plans to introduce a virtual ward in the patient's home to increase parents' confidence and allow earlier discharge.

Following a splendid lunch with plenty of chat and reminiscences, Una McCrann talked about her specialist unit which deals with children with feeding disorders, and how attitudes have changed.

Kate Kahir discussed the massive improvements in the treatment of haemophilia, and how with early diagnosis and treatment, life expectancy is now so much longer. A recurring theme during the day was the plight of children in developing countries who have far shorter life expectancies than in the UK. Kate's excellent use of photographs affected many hearts in the audience.

The day was rounded off by Faith Gibson, Clinical Professor of Children and Young People's Cancer Care. She raised many provocative and strategic questions about the nature of the modern nursing profession; for example: has the profession moved too far away from the bedside and is the focus of a nurse's time on the right issues?

Many, many thanks to all those who gave their valuable time to speak to us, and to all the attendees. There were over 60 in total, with friends and colleagues meeting again after many years. The feedback on the day from participants was enthusiastic, and the Committee is considering what they may try next.

Recruitment of Link Members

Link Members are still needed for these counties:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Channel Islands
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Humberside
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Middlesex
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Scotland and the Isle of Lewis
  • Staffordshire
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire

If you feel you could undertake this role, please send your details to Melanie Molyneux, Membership Secretary. She will then send to you the details and information you will require.


AGM 2019

To be held in London on Saturday 28 September

International Nurses Day

Held at GOSH on 11 May 2018. See the pictures...

Our New President

Meet Meldy...

Link Member recruitment

Could you be the Link Member for your county?

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Our Funds

Benevolent Fund

The Charity's objectives are for the relief of need, hardship or distress amongst past or present members of the Nurses League and dependants of members who have died.

Bursary Fund

The object of the bursary fund is to offer financial assistance to members wishing to undertake further professional education or research with relevance to paediatric nursing.

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