Due to Covid-19, the QNI’s Festival of Community Nursing will not be taking place in June.

We hope to postpone the celebratory event to later in the year.

Please check back for updates. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Join the QNI for a Festival of Community Nursing!

To celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – as well as the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale – we will be holding a celebratory event, the QNI Festival of Community Nursing on Saturday 20th June at Liverpool Town Hall. We’ve chosen Liverpool because it is the birthplace of professional district nursing and the QNI has many historic ties with the city.

This free event will be open to the public and we will be offering a range of educational activities including an exhibition of vintage nursing uniforms, photographs and artefacts, talks on nursing subjects past and present, film screenings, guest appearances by local celebrities, and a walking tour of historic nursing sites including the Nightingale Memorial, led by a local guide. The event will be held in Liverpool Town Hall, a magnificent listed building dating from 1749.

Florence Nightingale worked closely with the philanthropist William Rathbone VI, who was responsible for creating the first professional District Nursing service in Liverpool in 1859. Rathbone and Nightingale were instrumental in founding the Liverpool Training School and Home for Nurses, which opened in 1862 next to the Liverpool Royal Infirmary. In 1887, it was their vision that led to the establishment of The Queen’s Nursing Institute. The QNI operated the William Rathbone Staff College in Liverpool until the late 1970s and maintains strong links with the city.

You can register in advance to attend the Festival using the Eventbrite link in the right hand column. This will help us know how many people plan to attend the event. However it is not necessary to register in advance. Updates about the event will be posted on our website and social media so please do check back for further information. If you have a query, please contact us at mail@qni.org.uk.

Event details

Date and time

TBC 2020
11am - 3pm


Liverpool Town Hall

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