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Nurses' Fellowship

Manchester Royal Infirmary Nurses' Fellowship

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(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 martinjohnson1953@gmail.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 2018 the Annual General Meeting and Reunion are on Saturday 21st April at the Christie Bistro, Whitworth Hall, University of Manchester, Oxford Road.

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 Nigel Booth

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 alisonjohnson22@gmail.com 01204 856955

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Executive Committee Officers

Martin Johnson

President: Professor Martin Johnson (right) martinjohnson1953@gmail.com

ALL CORRESPONDENCE to Martin please, who will forward it to the relevant officers

Honorary Secretary: Mrs Janet Blair

Hon Benevolent Committee Secretary: Mrs Janet Blair

Honorary Treasurer: Mrs Carol Helmer

Honorary Editor is Nigel Booth

Membership Secretary: Dame Betty Kershaw


The Annual Reunion Day is Saturday 21st April 2018

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 available.


08.45 Tea/coffee and raffle, bacon/sausage sandwiches available if pre-ordered at the time of booking, Christie Bistro, University of Manchester

10.15 Interdenominational Church Service, St Peter's Chaplaincy, Oxford Rd

10.45 AGM

12.00 Speaker, Maria Curphey, Parkinson's Specialist Nurse, Stepping Hill Hospital

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 MRI
  • It supports Fellows who may be in need through a benevolent fund
  • It supports the continued education of Fellows through a Scholarship Fund

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. The recent merger of the NHS Trust which manages Manchester Royal Infirmary with other major hospitals and facilities in Manchester will mean some redefinition of eligibility which will be undertaken as quickly as possible.

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 quality nursing
  • The chance to influence the aims and activities of the Fellowship
  • The Nurses' Fellowship Journal which keeps members up to date with Fellows' activities. If you have any news or ideas contact Betty Kershaw.
  • 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 Johnson

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.