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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!
Providing vital funding for projects that help improve patient care.
Visit our nursing heritage website, a celebration of District Nursing around the world since 1859.
Andrew Harrison also won an Innovative & Creative Practice award for this project - Health of Men Weight management project. Andrew has since set up a company with a colleague providing tailored workplace health programmes for Men and Boys - www.menshealthplus.co.uk . They are currently involved in a 3 year contract with Bradford & Airedale PCT, offering anger management support and are delivering health MOTs at Leeds Rhinos rugby league home games for the 2010 season.
Paul Cornforth, a Queen's Nurse, has recently taken the decision to become a self-employed nurse. Paul's website is http://paulcornforth.co.uk/default.aspx .
Shalom House, a hospice in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, was officially opened in November 2007. It owes its existence to an enterprising Queen's Nurse, Margaret Burnett MBE, and the team of trustees, colleagues and volunteers she brought together to set it up.
The building which houses the hospice was left in trust by a patient of Margaret's, Elizabeth de Guise, to be turned into a hospice for the local community, with Margaret leading the development. While still a working district nurse, Margaret ensured that the trust became a charity, and set up a multi-disciplinary management team. Over the next two years, she and the team organised public consultations, brough in palliative care consultants, secured a high-profile patron, appointed architects and obtained planning permission to turn the seven bendroom bungalow into a hospice. Margaret raised funds through events and talks, and galvanised others into fundraising. Further funds came from grants from the Welsh Assembly Government. The new service had to meet criteria set by the Local Health Board and the registration requirements of the Care and Social Service Inspectorate of Wales.
Services started with palliative day care, and there are plans to extend these to offer 24 hour respite care, in line with the original donor. Shalom House now has a medical director and palliative care sister, and employs nurses, an occupational therapist and support staff, all supported by volunteers. Patients and their families have access to confidential, bilingual counselling service, of which Margaret Burnett was a co-founder.
Margaret says that her Queen's Nurse training, in Manchester in 1964, was instrumental in equipping her for her later achievements. 'It emphasised the need for a holistic approach to nursing - physical, mental, spiritual and the whole person. It helped me to understand how important it is when nursing patients to also support their families and friends.'