The QNI’s Community Nursing Research Forum has been awarded funding by the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Nursing and Midwifery Office for a pilot programme of work.

The programme will include individual mentor support (targeting under-represented nursing & midwifery specialists), a ‘creating research collaborations’ database, a moderated online community space, a bespoke webinar series and masterclasses to develop research skills.

The QNI Forum was established in 2022 and is led by Queen’s Nurse Dr Ben Bowers. It has 823 individual members from all countries of the UK and includes nurses at all stages in their research career, from novice to expert.

The NIHR fund, enable and deliver world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing, and promotes economic growth.

The NIHR Nursing and Midwifery vision is to inspire nurses and midwives to improve health outcomes through research. Their aim is to enable nurses and midwives who support, deliver or lead research to develop and work to their potential, and to develop a pipeline of skilled research nurses and midwives at all stages in their career.

I am delighted that we have been awarded this funding by NIHR Nursing and Midwifery. The shared aims and synergy of the two organisations NIHR and QNI will be a major boost to community nursing research capacity on an individual and national basis.

Dr Ben Bowers QN, Community Nursing Research Forum Lead

The Forum is hugely important in delivering the overall aims of the QNI. By developing a cadre of nurses who are inspired by research and wish to develop their knowledge and skills further, we are supporting nurses to deliver excellent care in all community settings.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, QNI Chief Executive

Any nurse working in any community setting, including primary care, public health and social care, is welcome to join the QNI Forum. It offers regular webinars and is an excellent way to connect with others who are also exploring research ideas and opportunities. For more information go to: https://qni.org.uk/nursing-in-the-community/community-nursing-research-forum/


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