Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland Newsletter - July 2015
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Welcome to your latest update from QNIS.  This is technically our summer newsletter, but given the recent weather, the word 'summer' may not yet be entirely appropriate.

Read on for further an update on what we've been up to since spring, including our recent funding programmes.
Catalysts for Change

Our 'Catalysts for Change' programme funding was awarded in June, with six projects funded.

Each project allows nurses in the community to show leadership by helping cross-sector teams improve the health and wellbeing of communities by addressing health inequalities.   

Our six selected projects are:

 - Towards a Mentally Flourishing School
 - Sunday Choices (working with prisoners)
 - Committing to Collaboration; Enabling Recovery
 - An Early Intervention and Integrated Model of Approach to Providing Care, Support and Education for Individuals and their Carers Living with Dementia in the Community
 - Moving On: From Homelessness Care Services to Community Networks
 - An assessment of the health needs and safety concerns of women working in lap-dancing bars

For further details on each of these projects, please visit our website.
Education and Professional Development Grants

At the beginning of June, our first 2015 deadline for Education Grants passed and we awarded seven grants.

We have further opportunities available with our second tranche in September and we are keen to support more nurses.

This year we have three funding streams: Individual Education Grants, to help nurses pursue their studies; Learning Visits, where we support a nurse to visit or shadow nurses across Scotland, the UK and Europe, and Team Headspace, protecting time for teams to identify ways to work more effectively together.  

Further details on the funding streams are available on our website.  You will also be able to access the applications forms, which will need to be in by the 28th September.
Date for your diary - Annual Conference 2016

We have begun the preparation for our 2016 Annual Conference.

Our 2015 conference in Dunblane was an overwhelming success, and we are confident that 2016 will surpass it.  We have already secured one keynote speaker: Jos de Blok, whose Buurtzorg model of care has been revolutionary in the Netherlands.  You can read more about Buurtzorg and Jos de Blok here and here.

Our conference will take place on the 17th March at Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh, so pencil it in your diaries and we look forward to seeing you there.  Further details will be released later in the year, so keep an eye on our website.
Castle Terrace View

We have recently decided to expand what we provide on our website, so have developed a new section - Castle Terrace View.

This new section will eventually contain all manner of things, from blogs to book reviews, case studies to videos; everything the discerning reader could be interested in.  It will hopefully provide an insight into what we at QNIS do from day to day, and what is happening in community nursing across Scotland.

Castle Terrace View is a work in progress, so please do have a look, and if there is anything else you would like to see on this page, please do let us know.
Long Service Awards

The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland offers long service awards to any nurse who is NMC registered, and has worked for 21 years or more in community based roles (if you have been retired for no more than 5 years, you can still apply!).  

If you, or anyone you know, are eligible for a Long Service Award, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can apply for your own award, or you can nominate a deserving colleague to receive the accolade as a surprise. If there are a group of you from one health board, health centre or practice, why not talk to us about arranging an event in your area, and find out how we can help.

Alternatively, we will be presenting some Long Service Awards at our AGM on the 12th November in Edinburgh, so get your applications in and we could be celebrating your achievement there.

Since our last newsletter, we have awarded 84 Long Service Awards, mainly across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  Below, we have an image from our LSA in East Renfrewshire, in May.

To nominate a nurse with 21 years of experience, please contact or on 0131 229 2333.
Our work, alongside the QNI, on District Nursing Standards for Education and Practice, has been progressing well, with draft standards recently published for consultation.  Thank you to all of those who provided feedback on the draft.

We hope to get the final standards completed in the next few months.
Summer Intern

In June, we welcomed Ailish George as our new Administration and Project Officer Intern.

She will be with us over the summer to provide administrative support to the office and, most importantly, to research and write a comprehensive history of the Institute.  Ailish has a degree in Ancient History, so finding out about an organisation that is only 126 years old should be a walk in the park!

If you have any historical information or papers which could be helpful to this project, please do get in touch with Ailish! 
Annual Gathering

On 22nd July, we held our Annual Gathering where over 120 registered guests heard from speakers including Dr John Gillies, former chair of the RCGP and Eunice Muir, the Scottish Government's eHealth Clinical Need for NMAHPs.  
Attendees at Annual Gathering look through archive photos
Musselburgh Citizen of the Year

We were delighted to find out that one of our Volunteer Visitors and retired Queen’s Nurse, Isa Wilson, was recently named as Musselburgh's Citizen of the Year.

At a ceremony in April, Isa was described as a shining example to local school pupils.

Our many congratulations to Isa on her deserved award. 
Photo of Isa Wilson appears with the permission of Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council
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