Supporting the development of our nurses and midwives

20 June 2022

Royal Free London nurses and midwives were celebrated and granted research funding in an event with the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers – a charitable organisation who originated as shoemakers in London.

Our historical ties with the Cordwainers go back to 1820, when William Marsden, founder of the Royal Free Hospital, joined the group.

Over 200 years later, their charitable legacy continues, and Royal Free London staff are invited to access scholarships, research grants, and awards to support their medical careers.

Maggie Maxfield, head of education and development for nursing and midwifery, described the event as a ‘lovely celebration’ recognising the dedication of Royal Free London staff, particularly during the outbreak of COVID-19.

Hosted at the Clothworkers Hall in London, this was the first get-together with the Cordwainers since before the pandemic. Our staff were presented their awards by the Master Cordwainer, Peter Lamble, and the chair of the trust, Professor Stephen Powis.

Marta Marchetti, surgical care practitioner and clinical nurse specialist for kidney cancer, was delighted to be the recipient of the Rachel Cox-Davies scholarship, and presented a poster on her projects and articles.

Awarded the Montague Stanton research scholarship, senior research midwife Michelle Anderson used her funding to support her studies into the psychological impact of COVID-19 in pregnant women: “I ran this study during the first and second wave of the pandemic and nearly 200 women contributed. I am extremely grateful for the funding opportunity.”

Community maternity matron, Stephen McManus, also attended the celebration event and was awarded the Rachel Cox-Davies scholarship. Stephen is using his funding to complete the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme, which is run by the NHS Leadership Academy. He said: “I have been able to reflect on my leadership styles and adopt techniques to encourage and align staff to provide world class care."