The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has launched a new animated film to celebrate the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. 

The year 2020 was originally designated as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organization (WHO) to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.  

Due to the pandemic, many of the events planned for 2020 were postponed and in recognition of this, the WHO decided to extend the year through 2021 and to broaden its theme to include other health and care workers.  

The QNI’s animation – the first ever created by the charity – has spent many months in planning and development. It celebrates the expertise of nurses, their critical role in supporting the health and wellbeing of their local communities and the breadth of work that they undertake in healthcare and wider society in the UK.   

The film is narrated by the actor Stephen McGann, who plays Dr Turner in the globally recognised BBC television series, Call the Midwife. Stephen McGann has been a passionate supporter of The QNI and of community nursing for a number of years and has worked with the QNI on a number of creative projects.  

Today's Nurses in the Community from The QNI on Vimeo.

The animation was entirely funded by leading UK nurse and healthcare recruitment company, Hallam Medical, which also provided creative and technical expertise. 

It’s impossible to convey in two minutes the highly skilled work and incredible achievements of all nurses who work in the community today. However, in this film we have tried to capture the essence of nursing in the community, from its roots with Florence Nightingale and her role in the foundation of the QNI, to the indispensable contribution of today’s nurses working in the community to the protection and promotion of the physical and mental health of people at every stage of life.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, QNI Chief Executive

We are proud and delighted to have been able to bring the essential work of the Community Nursing Teams to life through this animation. Working together with the QNI on this project has enabled us to simultaneously show our appreciation for the valuable work of the QNI whilst also highlighting the relentless and fantastic work of our Communities Teams to everybody.

Deborah McCain, CEO, Hallam Medical

The QNI would like to thank Hallam Medical for their funding and help with development of the animation, and to Stephen McGann. 

The Queen’s Nursing Institute was founded in 1887 with the support of Florence Nightingale, who was an early advocate of the value of nursing in the home and community. Today the QNI offers a wide range of services to all nurses who work in the community in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. www.qni.org.uk .  

Hallam Medical was founded in 2007 and provides healthcare recruitment across the UK. The company supports the QNI’s Community Nurse Executive Network (CNEN) and its annual conference. Hallam Medical offers the nation’s largest bank of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Community Nurses, Mental Health Nurses, Acute Nurses, Prison Nurses and 111 Clinical Advisors. https://hallammedical.com/  

The World Health Organization Year of the Health and Care Worker: https://www.who.int/campaigns/annual-theme/year-of-health-and-care-workers-2021

The animation was created by Combine Studio https://www.combinestudio.com/  

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