The Queen’s Nursing Institute Awards Ceremony was held in London on 25 June, attended by over 300 community nurses and their guests.

Seven categories of presentations were made:

  • The Outstanding Service Award, presented by Dr John Unsworth
  • Fellowship of the Institute, presented by Dr John Unsworth
  • The Dora Roylance Memorial Prize for best Health Visiting student, presented by Dr John Unsworth
  • The Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize for best District Nursing student, presented by Nigel Goodeve-Docker
  • The Fund for Innovation and Leadership Award project leaders, presented by Stephen McGann
  • Queen’s Nurses Aspiring Leaders Programme, presented by Stephen McGann
  • Queen’s Nurses, presented by Stephen McGann

The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service was given to Kim Badcock, Karen Brombley, Karen Clayton, Linda Johnstone and Mary Saunders.

Fellowship of the Institute was conferred on Dr Michael Dixon OBE, Ellie Lindsay OBE and Deborah Sturdy OBE.

The Dora Roylance Memorial Prize was awarded to Gloria Chisanga.

The Philip Goodeve-Docker Prize was awarded to Pauline Spreadborough.

The Fund for Innovation and Leadership project leaders have all completed projects that improved care for male patients in the community during 2017. The programme was funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Stephen McGann, who conferred the badges and certificates on the 121 new Queen’s Nurses at the event, praised the nurses for their commitment to patient care in the community. The new Queen’s Nurses (QNs) come from England, Wales and Northern Ireland and take the total number of community nursing professionals with the QN title in those three countries to over 1200.

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme also spoke about the charity supports nursing in the community and has provided funding for a new leadership development programme for Queen’s Nurses.

Photographs of the evening can be downloaded using this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LHKDcp7FWfZih89o6 . Photographer credit: Kate Stanworth.

It was an honour to celebrate the achievements of so many nurses gathered together for the QNI Awards ceremony. The collective knowledge, experience and passion for nursing represented in the room was a testament to the quality of nursing taking place in the community today. I would like to congratulate all the award winners and new Queen’s Nurses, and thank everyone who spoke and made presentations during this unique evening.

Dr Crystal Oldman

It was a real honour and privilege to be an award winner and wonderful to be recognised by your peers, especially to realise that the Queen had personally signed the certificate for the outstanding service award. The organisation of the event by the QNI staff was superb and made all the award winners feel very special. It will be a night I won’t forget and a highlight of my career.

Mary Saunders

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