Sue Grave, a student District Nurse from Cheshire, has been awarded a prestigious new scholarship by The Queen’s Nursing Institute and The Guild of Nurses.

Sue receives a financial grant to study the new Homeless and Inclusion Health Module at University College, London. This is the first time that the two organisations have worked together to select and fund a student to take an academic course.

The Homeless and Inclusion Health module at University College, London, is the first of its kind in the world, offering opportunities for Multi-disciplinary and Integrated working. It is a part-time seven-week course commencing in April 2019.

Brenda Griffiths, Past Foundation Master of the Guild of Nurses and Chair of the Company of Nurses Charitable Trust commented, ‘The Guild of Nurses, through our charitable Trust, is delighted to work with the QNI to support this specialist area of nursing that does such valuable work and often struggles to get the recognition it deserves. Many congratulations to Sue Grave who will now be able to develop her professional practice for the benefit of the community she serves’.

Sue Grave, commenting on her award, said:

‘Being awarded this funding is a fantastic opportunity and I’d like to thank the QNI and the Guild of Nurses for their support. I was very fortunate to be able to undertake an alternative practice week in London working with vulnerable people, thanks to connections I made through the QNI. I was able to learn more about the reasons why people end up sleeping rough, which is never through choice. I decided I wanted to do something to help and set up something locally. I feel the District Nursing SPQ has given me so many opportunities, if you go out and find them. You can be engrossed in the day to day work, but the SPQ gives you a much wider perspective. We’re all working under pressure, but the SPQ gives you skills to manage and overcome those pressures. It gives you the time and skills to engage with people and stop the revolving door that keeps people coming back to services time after time.’

Joanne Moorby, the QNI’s Grants Manager said, ‘We are delighted to be able to enable Sue to undertake this new course, which will be of enormous benefit to her professional development and to patient care. The nature of the course is particularly relevant, given that the QNI has a long track record of supporting nurses who work with vulnerable people, through its Homeless Health Programme.’

Notes

More information about the Homeless and Inclusion Health Course can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/iehc/iehc-news/homeless-and-inclusion-health

For more information about the Guild of Nurses visit: https://guildofnurses.co.uk/

Sue Grave recently wrote a blog for the QNI about her alternative practice week in London.

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