What We Do

The GNCT seeks to promote the development of nursing for the benefit of society. We do this by funding research into nursing policy and practice. 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.

Each year we issue a call for research grant applications with a specified closing date. The focus of the call changes each year. The grant process and call for 2022 is now open with a closing date of the 1st March 2022.
The specific focus of the call for 2022 is on our Grants Process page.

Applicants are encouraged to identify an appropriate research methodology to address their research question.

The GNCT fund a limited number of travel scholarships for Registered Nurses that are offered by Florence Nightingale Foundation. The Foundation issues an annual call for the scholarships. Information about travel scholarships can be found on the Florence Nightingale Foundation website.

For more information about our objectives please contact the secretary.

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.

The funds held by the General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust were originally contributed by nurses and were transferred over to the Trust by the General Nursing Council which regulated the nursing profession in England and Wales for over 60 years.

The organisation’s investments were transferred to the GNCT and are used to generate income to support the charitable work of the Trust.

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The Board of Trustees

The GNCT is governed by a board of voluntary trustees. The Trustees bring a wide range of nursing expertise. They direct the funding policy of the charity and make decisions regarding the grants awarded.

Professor Kate Gerrish CBE


Professor Kate Gerrish is Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of Sheffield. She graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, in 1977 with a Bachelor of Nursing and Registered Nurse. She subsequently gained a Master of Science in Nursing in 1986 from the University of Manchester. In 1998 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Nottingham. During a professional career spanning 40 years, Kate held a variety of clinical nursing and midwifery posts in both community and hospital settings in the UK and Zambia. She has extensive experience of under-graduate and graduate nurse education in both the higher education and the British National Health Service sectors. She has been commissioned to undertake research by national and regional funding bodies addressing major policy concerns. The outcomes of several studies have influenced national policy including nurse education, nursing development and NICE guidance. In 2014, in recognition of her contribution to nursing she received a CBE, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

Professor Susan Procter

Dr Susan Procter was first appointed as a Professor of Nursing at Northumbria University in 1995. Since then she has held professorial posts at City University, London and Buckinghamshire New University. Throughout her career she has endeavoured to bridge the gap between academia and practice holding a number of joint posts the most recent being an honorary post with Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust. She is very supportive of practice based research and of building clinical research capacity in nursing and midwifery. She has supervised several clinicians through to obtaining their doctorates. She is both pleased and honoured to be a trustee for the GNCT helping to shape the Trust to support the building clinical nursing research capacity and develop of excellence in clinical nursing research in England and Wales.

Professor Annie Topping

Professor Annie Topping is a nurse, health service researcher and educator. Annie has had a long and varied career clinically in surgical and cancer nursing, in higher education (Universities of Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield and South Bank), and overseas in the State of Qatar.  She currently holds a joint appointment with the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and leads on nurse research capacity and capability building. Her own research is concerned with improving patient experience, outcomes and care delivery.

Professor Janice Sigsworth CBE

As Director of Nursing, Janice’s priorities are to prepare nurses and midwives to lead the delivery of compassionate quality care. Janice is a member of Health Education England’s Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Board, Chair of the Shelford Chief Nurses, and is supporting the NMC in its review of nursing pre-registration standards.

Dr Lynne Wigens OBE

Dr Lynne Wigens OBE

Dr Lynne Wigens OBE
Lynne is a registrant member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, a Trustee with the Royal Osteoporosis Society, and a Non-Executive Director for AHP Suffolk. She is also a Visiting Professor of Nursing at the University of Suffolk, and Honorary Professor of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia. .
Lynne Wigens was the East of England Region Chief Nurse from and prior to this held Director of nursing roles within acute, community and commissioning organisations. She is a Florence Nightingale Scholar, studying the nursing contribution to integrated care in Canterbury, New Zealand and Norrtälje, Sweden. Her career within healthcare has included clinical working within medicine, surgery and intensive care setting, healthcare education, and senior management roles. Lynne completed her PhD with the University of East Anglia in 2004.
A key motivator throughout her career has been the desire to ensure that clinical practitioners are supported effectively allowing them to strive to deliver excellence in patient care. Lynne researches and publishes in the field of workforce development, integrated care, lay caring, change strategies, clinical supervision, expert and multidisciplinary care, human resource management and recruitment.

Mr Alan Haddon


Alan Haddon spent his entire business career in the City of London. In that time he managed and advised on a number of Pension Funds and Charities with investment portfolios including the GNCT. Upon his retirement from the City he was asked to oversee and advise the Trustees on general investment matters. More recently he was invited to become Secretary to the Trust .

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