The Guild of Nurses

The City of London Guild of Nurses

For the Nursing Profession - past, present and future

Membership of the Guild

Applications for membership of the Guild 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 specialities, 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.

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 undischarged bankrupt; and be proposed and seconded by two Freemen of the Guild.


The annual fee payable as a Freeman of the Guild (‘Quarterage’) is currently £60, and there is a one-off joining fee of £25.

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 Form

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

If you do not know a Guild member to be your proposer or seconder, please do not get concerned. We will be able to help you with this. For this and any questions about membership then please email:

A Guide to becoming a Freeman of the Guild of Nurses

Thank you for your interest in the Guild of Nurses. We thought it would be helpful to take you through the process of becoming a Freeman of the Guild which is rather different from joining other organisations.

  • 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, Christine Eberhardie. (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 Guild’s governing body. Court meetings are held four times a year, so it could be up to three months before your application is decided upon. The Chairman of the Membership Committee, Jane Carey-Harris, will update up re progress of your application.
  • After the Court meeting, you will be notified of the outcome. 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 Guild. 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.


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 Guild 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.