The Queen's Nursing Institute

The Queen's Nursing Institute works with the public, nurses and decision-makers to make sure that good quality nursing is available at home for everyone when they need it.

Healthcare at home

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How the QNI helps people in the community

Every year, millions of people of all ages need professional nursing care at home.

The QNI is the only charity with an exclusive focus on the whole range of patient care in the community and our unique expertise includes:

  • An in-depth knowledge of the community nursing sector and the issues that affect it, disseminated via our website, and wide range of publications
  • Acting as a trusted authority on the challenges of an ageing population and the increasing need for health care at home
    Practical support for nurses seeking to improve patient care, by information sharing, training, project management and evaluation
  • Partnership working with the NHS, other charities, care organisations and Government departments to further our aim of improving care in people's homes and communities.

Our staff span a range of backgrounds, including those from a community nursing background, communications and fundraising, administration and project management. In addition, we use external experts for seminars and specialist areas of work. We are based in our own offices in central London which include training facilities for nurses.

The QNI offers a powerful combination of knowledge, skills and approaches to help community nurses achieve greater impact for the benefit of patients. It is this combination of activities that makes the QNI unique:

  • Offering training in practical project skills to nurses, and the opportunity to practice these in workshop settings
  • Organising conferences on specific themes and work areas, for example the health of homeless people
  • The knowledge gained by bringing together professionals who are passionate and committed about excellent patient care means we can help promote best practice and innovation
  • We help inspire community nurses to achieve more for their patients through the Queen's Nurse title.

Who do we help?

Our beneficiaries include children and young people, people with physical and mental disabilities, people with long term conditions, older people and vulnerable groups. We also provide assistance to community nurses in financial or personal difficulty. Our partners include other charities including nursing charities, health service organisations, and patient groups. Those who use our informational resources include journalists, funders, policy makers and service planners.

We are proud of our track record in promoting excellent nursing care for patients in the community since 1887.

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Supporting Carers

Transition to Community

Homeless Health