Infirmary Nurses' Fellowship
(Registered Charity No. 510418)
Welcome to the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) Nurses'
Fellowship Home Page. Established in 1949 the Fellowship has
approximately 600 members and celebrated its diamond anniversary in
2009. It provides an opportunity for registered nurses who have
trained at or held a nursing appointment within the MRI and
associated hospitals to meet and to celebrate the history and
heritage of nursing at this important hospital.
New members are always welcome, please contact Martin Johnson email@example.com
for an application form or information.
Typically in April, the Fellowship holds an annual reunion on or
close to the MRI campus. This includes a general meeting, an
interdenominational service, a lecture, opportunities to meet and
to talk in small groups over refreshments and a lunch.
All the activities are optional and fellows come and go to those
they prefer, alternating with catching up with friends.
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Annual General Meeting and Reunion
In 2017 the Annual General Meeting and Reunion are on
Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the Christie
Bistro, Whitworth Hall, University of Manchester, Oxford
Each year a journal is produced with photographs and articles by
fellows with the latest news about members and contributions are
always welcomed by the current Editors, Betty Kershaw and Nigel
The fellowship endeavours to preserve artefacts, documents and
photographs which chart the history of the MRI and its nurses, and
as a charity it strives as far as possible within its resources to
aid fellows who may be in need.
The Fellowship's Benevolent Fund has recently benefited from a
substantial legacy and in recognition of this will now become the
Elspeth Thompson Memorial Fund.
We are currently classifying various items held by the
Fellowship of historic significance, such as a pearl brooch and ear
rings worn by Florence Nightingale and various wartime honours MRI
Nurses have achieved. We will work with the MRI Senior Staff
to see how these might be made more available to the public.
Manchester Royal Infirmary Coasters
At members' request we have arranged for the production of MRI
Slate Drinks Coasters, made of 400 Million Years Old Slate. These
are available at cost price (£5.00 for a box of four) from firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more
Executive Committee Officers
President: Professor Martin Johnson (right) email@example.com
ALL CORRESPONDENCE to Martin please, who will
forward it to the relevant officers
Honorary Secretary: Mrs Janet Blair
Hon Benevolent Committee Secretary:
Honorary Treasurer: Mrs Carol Helmer
Honorary Editors are Betty Kershaw and Nigel Booth
Membership Secretary: Dame Betty Kershaw
The Annual Reunion Day is Saturday
22nd April 2017
The AGM, annual Lecture and Service will take place in Anglican
Chaplaincy on Oxford Road with coffee and lunch at the Christie
Bistro above the Whitworth Hall of Manchester University from 08.45
to 16.30. Application can be made on the 'Membership'
application form in the Fellowship Journal (free to members) or by
contacting Martin Johnson from whom further information is
08.45 Tea/coffee and raffle, bacon/sausage sandwiches available
if pre-ordered at the time of booking, Christie Bistro, University
10.15 Interdenominational Church Service, St Peter's Chaplaincy,
12.00 Speaker, Dame Nicky Cullum, Chief Nurse, Central
Manchester Foundation NHS Trust
1pm Lunch at the Christie Bistro
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the MRI Nurses' Fellowship do?
- It promotes the interests of MRI Nurses
- It maintains a network of MRI Fellows
- It helps preserve and develop the history of nursing at the
- It supports Fellows who may be in need through a benevolent
- It supports the continued education of Fellows through a
Who can join?
a) All trainees and registered nurses who hold the Certificate
of the Manchester Royal Infirmary, and from 1954 the Certificate of
the United Manchester Hospitals and from the 1 May 1965 all
trainees who hold the United Manchester Hospital Certificate of the
Enrolled Nurses School.
b) Those Registered Nurses who hold or have held a permanent
nursing appointment at the Hospital.
c) Certain people not directly eligible but with close
association with the Hospital may be invited to join the Fellowship
subject to the approval of the Executive Committee and be known as
Friends of the Fellowship.
How can I join?
By contacting the Martin Johnson as above.
What comes with membership?
- The opportunity to meet old friends and colleagues
- The chance to help preserve an important heritage of high
- The chance to influence the aims and activities of the
- The Nurses' Fellowship Journal which keeps members up to date
with Fellows' activities. If you have any news or ideas contact
- Possible support for professional development activity and
- Access to the Fellowship's Elspeth Thompson Memorial Benevolent
Fund: For application and award criteria please contact Martin
What do I do if my membership lapsed?
This happens to many of us. It's no problem. Just contact the
membership secretary as above.