Posted by: ayrshirehealth | September 2, 2015

The Queen’s Nurse by @ClareCable

QNISPromoting excellence in community nursing

When Derek asked me to do a blog for his website, I was delighted to have the opportunity to share something of what we are doing here at The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland.

We are a small charity, and we are active in a lot of different areas. Our purpose is to promote excellence in community nursing across Scotland, and we do this in three ways:

  • Through education and professional development
  • Through research and practice development
  • By valuing the long service of community nurses.

Annual Conference

The highlight of our education and professional development work is our annual conference in March, which gets bigger and better every year. QNIS Annual ConfThis year, our speakers included Sally Magnusson, Brendan McCormack and the ‘Brave, Boring and Bonkers’ Rhona Hotchkiss, and we had engaging workshops covering everything from health inequalities to mindfulness.

Next year, we have already lined up Jos de Blok, whose Buurtzorg model of health and social care has been revolutionary in the Netherlands. Check our website later this year for details on how to attend.

Professional Development Grants

We gave 17 education and professional development grants last year, a total of £8,430, and while the first batch of funding for this year ended in June, we have further opportunities available with a closing date of 28th September. This year we have three funding streams:

  • Individual Education Grants, to help nurses pursue their studies;
  • Learning Visits, where we support a nurse to visit or shadow nurses across Scotland, the UK and Europe;
  • Team Headspace, protecting time for teams to identify ways to work more effectively together.

Delivering Dignity

In terms of research and practice development, we run regular funding programmes. In June, we awarded funding to six projects under ‘Catalysts for Change’ aiming to reduce health inequalities. The projects we are funding cover everything from improving the health and wellbeing of an entire school, to ensuring adults with mental health conditions are able to better understand their own wellbeing.Delivering Dignity

Earlier this year, we launched the final impact report of our ‘Delivering Dignity’ programme, from which several projects have been taken further, with additional funding from the public sector. It is our belief that the projects we choose to support have the potential to produce a positive outcome, so it is always a pleasure to see a project taken further.

We are also doing a substantial piece of work alongside our sister organisation, the Queen’s Nursing Institute, to lead the development of UK voluntary standards for District Nursing Practice and Education. With the support of the NMC and all four governments, the project is due for completion later this year.

Long Service Awards

We want to become an online resource for those visiting our website, and receiving updates through our regular newsletter [please sign up via our homepage]. We have begun a process of developing case studies on areas of practice to ensure that current and future nurses have access to the best information available. This resource is slowly developing, but any and all suggestions and contributions are welcome.Long Service Awards

One of the things we do which is valued by frontline staff is to present Long Service Awards to those who have worked in the community for 21 years or more. It’s important to acknowledge the contribution of those who have committed years to caring for others. Already in 2015 we have awarded 84 Long Service Awards, with many more to follow.

clarecablesmallerWe are not just about District Nursing and Health Visiting; we are keen to engage will all nurses who work across Scotland’s communities.

So if you have ideas of how we could add value to your professional world then please get in touch.

This week’s blog was by @ClareCable (Clare Cable), Chief Executive and Nurse Director, Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland.

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