His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has recorded a special message of thanks for those attending the annual conference of The Queen’s Nursing Institute, and all nurses working in the community.

The message was played on the concluding day of the conference on 15th October.

In the message, His Royal Highness thanks nurses for their service delivering care to people in homes and communities in the face of the continuing challenges of the pandemic. He comments:

“I am fully aware of the relentless challenges you face on a daily basis, and so, if I may, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you working in the community, in primary care and in care homes, in hospices, in schools and clinics and in every setting where healthcare has been and continues to be so urgently needed.”

The Prince acknowledges how nurses have “helped those whose physical and mental health have been affected by extended periods of social isolation and thanks them for their role in delivering the UK’s vaccination campaign, that “has enabled us to emerge, cautiously, from the national and regional lockdowns and begin to resume normal life.”

The message concludes with an acknowledgement of how “the pandemic has shone a light on those parts of society which experience poorer health outcomes.  Nurses, of course, have a leading role to play in addressing those inequalities. Through learning and experience, you have the skills, the passion and the trust of the people you work with every day to improve the health of those of all ages and backgrounds.”

ENDS

Media Enquiries: Matthew Bradby, Head of Communications, The QNI, [email protected]

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