An Introduction to the GNCT

The General Nursing Council for England & Wales Trust (GNCT) seeks to promote the development of nursing for the benefit of society.

Who We Are

The General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust is an independent charitable trust. The Trust was set up in 1983 when the General Nursing Council for England and Wales, the regulatory body for the nursing profession in England and Wales during the preceding 60 years, was abolished under the Nurses and Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979.


What We Do

The GNCT funds research to enhance the practice and profession of nursing. The Trustees are also committed to advancing the education of student nurses and further education of Registered Nurses. We do this by funding research and through travel scholarships offered in partnership with the Florence Nightingale Foundation.  The GNCT is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non commercial Partner .This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support .


Latest News

The Trustees are pleased to announce that two new awards have been made for 2023. The focus for the 2023 funding call was research related to work place culture to promote the retention of nurses.

  • Dr Kathy Chant, University College London: “Job satisfaction and intent to stay in neonatal nursing: an exploration of staff in England and Wales.”
  • Professor Vari Drennan, Kingston University: “Addressing the retention of home visiting community nurses in England: a mixed methods study of strategies, impact, and outcomes.”
  • Dr Helen Anderson, University of York: “Exploring the relationship between cultural and structural workforce issues and the retention of nurses working in general practice: A qualitative study.”

Further details of these, and our other current projects can be found on our Research Programme page.