The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced that it has doubled the amount offered to winners of its three academic prizes, for post-registration students of specialist community nursing qualifications.

The prize winners will now receive £100 as well as a certificate.

The QNI offers the Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize to the most outstanding student of District Nursing Specialist Practitioner Qualifications at all universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that offer this course. The prize is named in memory of a young man who tragically lost his life raising funds for the QNI while crossing the Greenland Ice Sheet in 2013.

The Ellen Mary Memorial Prize is offered to the most outstanding student of the General Practice Nursing SPQ and is likewise available at all universities where the course is currently offered. The prize is supported by the generosity of a current Queen’s Nurse and GPN in memory of her mother, Ellen Mary, who dedicated her life to the health and welfare of others.

The Dora Roylance Memorial Prize, created in 2016, is offered to the most outstanding Health Visitor (Specialist Community Public Health Nurse) student and is named in memory of Dora Roylance, a Queen’s Nurse and Health Visitor who endowed the prize in her will.

University programme leads are invited to nominate their chosen student for the relevant memorial prize using the online forms on the QNI website. Programme leads are able to select their chosen prize winners using their own specific criteria and to present them with their certificate at the university’s graduation ceremony.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, the QNI’s Chief Executive commented:


I am delighted that we are able, through the generosity of the exceptional individuals in whose memory these prizes are named and their families, to acknowledge the talent and hard work of community nursing students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland today.

All three prizes have done much to raise the profile of outstanding nurses who have made a significant contribution to the wider understanding and recognition of the educational attainments of modern-day community nurses. Community Specialist Practitioners are delivering highly complex care to individuals, families and carers in their own homes and communities and this advanced level of practice is underpinned by the excellent courses being offered in universities, many of which are mapped to the QNI/QNIS voluntary standards as well as those of the NMC.”

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, the QNI’s Chief Executive


Notes to Editors

To nominate a student for one of the QNI’s academic awards, go to: www.qni.org.uk/explore-qni/qni-awards

Please note that we no longer accept nomination forms emailed as Word documents, only the online forms on our website.

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