When you see this blog, your first question might be “who is the QNIS, and why are they contributing to a blog on the Stirling University Health Sciences page?” You may even need to google us. Go ahead, I’ll wait. I’ll even help.
That is us, the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland. We’re a small community nursing charity, and we have been around since 1889. We are based in Edinburgh, but cover the length and breadth of Scotland.
That explains the who, but what about the why?
Our mantra is promoting excellence in community nursing across Scotland. This includes anything that helps get evidence into practice, and we do this by providing professional development opportunities, influencing key stakeholders, and providing funding for research, education and professional development.
What does this mean for you?
It means that we will be here to help and support you in a variety of different ways as you move through your community nursing career, sometimes, without you even knowing. And this is how we’ll do it.
Several of you may have attended our annual conference, held in March in Dunblane. Next year, our conference is going to be held in Edinburgh, at Surgeon’s Hall. We have already secured Jos de Blok as one of our speakers, and he will talk about the Buurtzorg model of care and realising a dream – the story of his entrepreneurial spirit, which built on the evidence to make high quality care a reality, which has revolutionised community health and social care provision in the Netherlands. Our conferences are a wonderful way to develop within your profession, and an opportunity to build and grow your networks. Further information on the conference will appear on our website later this year.
We encourage excellence by providing awards for the best undergraduate and post graduate community nursing student in each University across Scotland, ensuring that the very best are recognised and rewarded.
We also deliver funding for education and professional development by way of grants. We have already provided seven grants this year, and the next group of education grants are available until 28th September. For 2015 we have three funding streams: Individual Education Grants, to help nurses pursue their studies; Learning Visits, where we support a nurse to visit or shadow nurses across Scotland, the UK and Europe, and Team Headspace, protecting time for teams to identify ways to work more effectively together.
One of our core areas is funding research and development. Each year we establish what key issues need attention, and provide a funding stream for innovation. This year, our ‘Catalysts for Change’ programme looked at improving health inequalities, and six projects have been funded, covering everything from homeless transitional care to the health of those working in lap dancing clubs.
We are currently in the latter stages of developing a new set of voluntary standards for District Nursing Practice and Education. These standards will enhance, not replace, the current NMC standards, and will ensure that nurses undertaking the SPQ are equipped for contemporary and future practice.
We offer Long Service Awards to nurses who have worked in the community for over 21 years, ensuring that loyalty and commitment are suitably rewarded. This also ensures we are there at the beginning of your career, the middle, and at the end of it.
That should explain why we were asked to provide a blog, but if you need any further details, please visit our website. You’ve already googled it once!
Rob Mackie, Research, Policy and Communications Officer, QNIS
29 July 2015