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.

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Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize

This is a new educational prize created in memory of Mr Philip Goodeve-Docker.

The prize is offered to the top performing student of the District Nursing programme in every university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each university is invited to nominate a District Nurse student who has demonstrated the most outstanding achievement on their programme.

The prize of £50 and a certificate from the QNI, is to be presented to the successful student, alongside their academic award at the university graduation ceremony.

Recipients of the prize will be encouraged to develop future links with the QNI and take advantage of the range of support the charity offers to community nurses throughout their careers. 

For more information please email or call 020 7549 1400.

Philip Goodeve-Docker

Mr Goodeve-Docker, together with two colleagues, set out to cross the Greenland Ice Sheet in April 2013. Philip had chosen to raise funds for The Queen’s Nursing Institute while undertaking this endeavour. The team set out on 26 April, but became trapped in a sudden and very severe polar storm. Tragically, shortly before rescue could arrive on the morning of 28 April, Philip passed away. His two colleagues were airlifted to safety, but suffered severe frostbite during their ordeal. 

Philip's link to the QNI came originally via his Grandfather, Patrick Pirie-Gordon, who was a Trustee and Treasurer of the QNI for thirty years, and who helped the charity through some of its most difficult times. 

Dr Crystal Oldman, the QNI’s Chief Executive said, ‘The creation of this new award allows us to cherish and celebrate the memory of this young man who died doing what he loved, while raising funds for this charity. Due to the incredible generosity of his family and friends, we are able to do something that will really make a difference to District Nursing education, and thereby to patient care, which is what Philip set out to do. I would encourage all eligible universities to participate with us in this unique new scheme.’ 


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