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23 Apr 2012
The QNI’s first Award Ceremony of 2012 – its 125th anniversary year - was held at The Commonwealth Club in London on 23 April in front of an audience of around 150 guests.
The event, which takes place twice yearly, celebrates the achievements of nurses who are making real impact on improving patient care in people’s homes and communities either as Queens Nurses, project leaders or award winners.
Three nurses received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service, presented by the QNI’s Chair of Council, Rosalynde Lowe CBE. Claire M. Aston, Tessa Fitzpatrick and Joan Myers received Certificates of Honour.
Twelve Fund for Innovation and Leadership project leaders were presented with their certificates on successful completion of their practice improvement projects, and guests were able to view posters about their work during the drinks reception. The certificate presentations were made by Lady Henrietta St George, Trustee of The Burdett Trust for Nursing, which sponsors the Fund for Innovation and Leadership.
Forty-two nurses were awarded the Queen’s Nurse title, the largest single cohort since the title was reintroduced in 2007. Their certificates were presented by Professor Jane Salvage, Chair-designate of the QNI, who takes up the post of Chair in August 2012.
Professor Salvage said, ‘Despite many uncertainties, one thing is certain: the need and desire for skilled community nursing is huge, and is growing. Whether it is creating the best start in life for a young child, or managing a long-term condition like diabetes or depression, or reaching the end of life, most of the time it is better to do this at home and in the community than in hospital. I want to encourage all those nurses who are potential award winners but don’t make it because of lack of self belief, or lack of support from their employers. The public are not always aware of the complexities and challenges of delivering great care, but we know that community nurses do a wonderful job in very tough times.’
George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme addressed the 150 nurses and other invited guests. He said, ‘It is the pursuit of excellence at the QNI that we greatly admire. The two charities have a long association, going right back to the founding of the NGS, which would not exist without the QNI’. He paid tribute to the work of the QNI and of community nurses. Ros Lowe CBE, current Chair of QNI, thanked The National Gardens Scheme for their donation to the QNI this year, which was the largest ever.
The QNI also used the occasion to launch its special anniversary publication ‘QNI 125’, a limited edition booklet tracing the history of the Institute and of district nursing, and featuring archive photographs and letters that have never previously been published. The booklet was on sale at the event, and proved very popular with guests.
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