This new academic prize is offered for outstanding students who have completed the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) Health Visitor programme.

The prize is available at every university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland where this programme is currently offered.

The programme leaders at each university may nominate one student to receive the prize each year.

We are able to offer this prize thanks to the generosity of a Queen’s Nurse, Dora Roylance, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 100. Dora left a legacy to the QNI that enabled us to create this student award in her name.

Dora became a Queen’s Nurse in 1939 and become a Health Visitor six years later, receiving a bursary from the QNI to support her in her training. Dora went on to work as a nurse and a Health Visitor for the rest of her career and always maintained her connection with the QNI.

The QNI supports excellence and outstanding achievement in education. It is through such awards that confidence can be built and opportunities for further growth, development and influence offered. The award is just the start of a journey and an association with the QNI which we anticipate will last a lifetime, in the same way that Dora Roylance’s relationship with the QNI endured to the end of her life.

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