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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This year, why not enjoy a day out at a National Gardens Scheme garden - you'll be helping fund the QNI too! 

Visit the Burdett Trust website

Providing vital funding for projects that help improve patient care.

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Visit our nursing heritage website, a celebration of District Nursing around the world since 1859.

'Nurse First'

Nurse First is a partnership between the Queen's Nursing Institute, Buckinghamshire New University, the Shaftesbury Partnership and Johnson & Johnson.

The first 'Nurse First' group

Are you interested in joining 'Nurse First'?

Nurse First is an opportunity unlike any you’ve had before in healthcare. Take what you know about your community and your patients, throw in your ideas about how this could be so much better and then mix this with skills about innovation, business and leadership to make these changes really happen.

The programme is designed for healthcare professionals who are unhappy with the status quo and want to step outside the traditional clinical role to create real changes in their field. We want staff who are working in the community who are not in a senior managerial position but would like to be able to promote change or innovation.

Successful leadership needs a combination of skills, creativity, analysis, resilience and innovation. We know how people with good ideas can actually make their ideas happen and we know how to attract funding, get organisational support and navigate organisational politics. We provide a range of development activities and support mechanisms to give you the support you need, when you most need it.

Expect to have your existing ways of working challenged and be exposed to some of the leading innovators inside and outside the NHS. You will learn powerful tools for increasing your personal effectiveness as a leader and you will learn how to develop creative ideas, communicate those ideas and attract the support you need to make those ideas real.

The core of the development programme involves you taking an idea from concept to making it real and fully-funded by the end of 12 months. We are going to teach you how to get the resources you need, how to build alliances, how to communicate and work collaboratively with other community groups and how to overcome resistance and deal with sceptics.

The programme involves 21 days of residential development, professional coaching, expert advisors, and access to some of the UK's leading innovators and social entrepreneurs. You will meet leaders of organisations creating social change in healthcare, community development, education, fair trade, community development and health and find out how to apply these tools and techniques in your own community and organisation.

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