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We are pleased to bring you this message from Colonel AEB Farmer ARRC QHN Chief Nursing Officer (Army). Along with this personal message to the QARANC Community we have attached the letter below.

MESSAGE FROM THE DEFENCE MEDICAL SERVICES NURSING COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY

As the Defence Nursing Committee, we are formally writing to you on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day. We want to mark this auspicious date and reiterate our thanks to all Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Assistants working within Defence for your outstanding contribution, particularly over the past year during the coronavirus pandemic.

We have been so incredibly proud when listening to your lived experiences during our virtual visits. Your work has had a significant impact across the entire healthcare arena, whether this was directly involving patient care in Primary or Secondary Healthcare, supporting and delivering the vaccination campaign in collaboration with the NHS, working in support of the staff effort or as a liaison officer, covering both National and International work. The influence of our Regular, Reserve and MoD civilian Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Assistants has been felt everywhere!

International Nurses Day will be an opportunity for us all to reflect and celebrate the legacy of Florence Nightingale and what her work means. Whilst we would love to be together face to face, we know that this is a critical time as we start to emerge from the restrictions, and the need to keep our friends, family and patients safe. You will be heartened to hear we will have Defence representation at the much smaller Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service at Westminster Abbey, which you will be able to view online on the 12 May 21 from 1700hrs.

International Nurses Day allows us to reflect on the skill, expertise and compassion shown by all our Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Assistants, especially throughout the response to COVID-19, and how much we have all achieved together.

Colonel S Findlay Defence Nursing Advisor

Captain L Taylor QHN RN Head of the Royal Navy Nursing Service

Colonel AEB Farmer ARRC QHN Chief Nursing Officer (Army)

Group Captain F Bradley QHN Director Nursing Services Royal Air Force

Group Captain D Lamb PhD Defence Professor of Nursing

Dr A Hulme TD VR DBA LLM MSc RM RGN Chief Nurse Defence Primary Healthcare HQ

Today the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps commemorate Dame Margot Turner on her birthday. This modern day presentation of the Eulogy of Dame Margot is our tribute to her success and bravery.  It also marks the start of the week in which we will celebrate International Nurses Day.  You cant watch the video here on our YouTube channel.

The Florence Nightingale White Rose Appeal

To commemorate the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth on 12th May 2020, the Foundation launched the Florence Nightingale White Rose Appeal with the help of our appeal ambassador, Helena Bonham Carter. We also mark International Nurses’ Day on 12th May when we all come together to celebrate nurses and midwives across the world.

Throughout our lives, we will all encounter a nurse or midwife, either caring for us or a loved one. At times we don’t remember the name of a nurse who looked after us, but we never forget the way they made us feel, and it is this memory and feeling that stays with us for a lifetime. You can thank a nurse or midwife who cared for you or a loved one by buying a white rose in their honour. We ask for a minimum donation of £5 and you will receive a virtual rose via email in return.

Why a white rose?

Florence Nightingale famously wore Floris of London’s White Rose scent and had bottles shipped out to her during her time in the Crimea war. A white rose also symbolises new beginnings and for the Foundation, we see it as a symbol of hope for a time when we will all be together again.

This feeling of hope has been missing since the pandemic began. However, it has been nurses and midwives working on the frontline of COVID-19 who have provided comfort and hope to patients and their families and is a fitting tribute to them.

Where your donation goes

The White Rose Appeal was launched in 2020 to help nurses and midwives working on the frontline of COVID-19 and beyond. Money raised went towards caring for the mental health of nurses and midwives by providing emotional and wellbeing support.

Your donation will also allow us to continue our vital work, providing scholarships to the best nurses and midwives in the UK allowing them to make a real difference to patient care, policy and practice in their chosen field. As a Foundation we believe in creating and empowering nursing and midwifery leaders of tomorrow, all of whom are Florence Nightingale’s legacy.

To purchase your own white rose for a nurse or midwife who has touched the life of you or a loved one please visit this link.

To mark International Nurses’ Day , The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra have joined together to pay tribute to the world’s nurses, speaking with healthcare professionals working in Australia, India, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Bahamas, Cyprus, Tanzania and the UK. You can watch the Video Here

The Queen will mark International Nurses’ Day today by speaking to Professor Kathleen McCourt, the President of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation and Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, of which The Queen is Patron.

The Prince of Wales has provided a message for the video thanking nurses across the world, and The Duchess of Cornwall has recorded messages of support for nurses from the Royal Naval Medical Service and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children Charity, of which she is respectively Commodore-in-Chief and Patron.

The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex spoke to nurses in seven different commonwealth countries. The calls were facilitated by Nursing Now, a global campaign to improve health by raising the status and profile of nursing of which The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron.

Their Royal Highnesses dialled into a call with nurses in Queensland, Australia who provide culturally appropriate services to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and spoke to nurses at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Sierra Leone and LV Prasad Eye Institute in India – both of which The Countess of Wessex has previously visited. Their Royal Highnesses also spoke with the Apollo Hospital in India, HIV and maternal health nurses in Malawi, mental health nurses in the Bahamas, Army nurses in Cyprus, and paediatric nurses from the UK’s Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Community Services, of which The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron.

Over the weekend The Princess Royal called Tanzania to speak with the Programme Manager of a medical ship that provides facilities for those with little or no access to medical care, and is supported by the Vine Trust of which Her Royal Highness is Patron. Last week The Duke of Cambridge talked to nurses at The Royal Marsden, of which he is President and Princess Alexandra spoke with the head of the Naval Nursing Service in her role as Patron of Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS).

On the calls, Members of The Royal Family spoke with nurses about the work they are doing, with many talking about the impact of Covid-19 and how they were coping with the pandemic.  Nurses and midwives are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital. They provide care that is sensitive to their local community – understanding its culture, strengths and vulnerabilities so can shape and deliver effective interventions to meet the needs of patients, families and communities.

On every call, The Royal Family reiterated their thanks to nurses across the Commonwealth for the incredible work they do on a daily basis.

CNO(A) recognises and thanks QARANC personnel for all their hard work on the occasion of International Nurses Day and the 200th anniversary of the birth of our founder Florence Nightingale.

QARANC CORPS DAY 2020

As we remember and individually commemorate our 71st QARANC Corps Day, I had not envisaged writing to you all under the challenging and constrained circumstances in which we all find ourselves today. Firstly and most importantly, I would like to say a huge thank you for the way in which you have all without grumble or complaint, very quickly become immersed in the fight against COVID 19; whether delivering clinical care, IPC training, planning, managing your own studies and rejigging mindsets about training, assignments or leaving the services, or as many of our Association Branch Members are having to, managed your self-isolation. It has made me immensely proud to hear the very positive comments that I have heard from other military Branches and the civilian organisations about Regular and Reserve QAs. The public made their support of the NHS and emergency services very clear last night. HRH The Countess of Wessex has as you would imagine, our welfare deeply at heart.

None of us has ever faced such an event on such a large scale which impacts so directly on each and every one of us to such a huge effect both personally and professionally. I know many of you are anxious to do more and are frustrated by the lack of information or mixed messages. We have all read about, and seen what is happening at the Excel Centre. You will remember that when any event occurs for which a military response could be provided, a lot of scoping and planning work has to happen at pace before any decisions or offers are made. Please be patient, I cannot give you any answers today, your Chains of Command (for serving Regulars and Reserves) will keep you informed as they receive information. Many Branch members who have retired have also asked what they could do; you will have seen the pleas for volunteers to support the NHS; if you are able, it would be of great help to have your support.  I know that Branch Chairs and secretaries have also set up a system for their members to keep in touch regularly with each other and those in their area who are in self-isolation.

If there is more the Association could do to support you, please get in touch with the QARANC RHQ so we can understand where there may be gaps where we can assist. Sue McAteer and her team are working from home with a reduced IT access, so responses may be slower; I’d be grateful if emails could go through the chain of command; via Branch Chairs or Secretaries to Sue’s team rather than from individuals, and from the serving Regular and Reserve QAs via the QARANC Chain of Command to Lt Col Debra Ritsperis or Lt Col Sharon Beatty.  

I am aware that many of us are dealing with our own anxieties, whether it is worrying about our families and friends, our neighbours who may be self-isolating, or ensuring we can deliver the same high level of nursing care, or about nursing COVID 19 patients. Student nurses, those undergoing Nurse training under the Nursing Officer Transfer Scheme (NOTS) and those on post Registration specialist courses have had extra worry about their own training, you should by now all have been updated; the team are working hard to ensure there is as little disruption to training as possible although there will be some changes.  We will keep you informed.

It has been disappointing over such a landmark year that we have not been able to mark it as we have planned, but I can reassure you that once we have returned to normal, we will most certainly have a large scale party to celebrate!   To mark this year, please do take a photograph or note how you have individually remembered QARANC Corps Day 2020 so that we can collate it as a significant date in our history. We’ll send out information about where/how we can collate the information.  

Having such a strong network of support is such a relief at a time like this; we have never needed each other’s friendship, support and care more than we do now; please keep strong, keep safe and keep in touch.

Sub cruce candida

With my very best wishes

Alison Farmer

Colonel AEB Farmer ARRC QHN | Commanding Officer 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital / Chief Nursing Officer (Army)

We are very proud that one of our Millbank Branch members, Major (Retired) Deirdre Barr has been appointed as Director of Operations for the NHS Nightingale Hospital which is being established at the Excel Centre in London. Staff will be coming together from the military, NHS and St. John Ambulance. With experience in all three organisations, Deirdre is perfectly placed to pull together a highly professional and dedicated team, including other QAs, both serving and retired, to deliver this project of national significance.

We know that all our members will be thinking of them and all NHS staff, including many Association members who work in the NHS or who have answered the call to help, as they embark on delivering this challenging task.

On the 1st of May 2020 I take up the appointment of Colonel Commandant QARANC. I feel both humbled and privileged. It is however a strange time, a time when we were planning the celebration of 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale at Westminster Abbey on the 12th of May and the WHO Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Clearly, these celebrations will have to wait as nurses of the Corps and colleagues across the world tackle the challenge at hand.

I would like to pay tribute to Colonel Jane Davis from whom I take over. Jane thank you for all you have done and I know will continue to do for the Corps. We did not get a chance to dine you out in March but we will when the time is right.

While I cannot be with you physically I can do something to raise awareness and hopefully some funds for the Corps in order to support members past and present. The Just Giving page is already set up and some of you have already given generously. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-davies39  Colonel on a Cross Trainer 10 in 10 is my challenge to do at least 10K a day for 10 days. While I am not Capt/Col Tom I do have a bus pass! I will also add £50 on the finish day of 10th May for the first person who has guessed my age in years and days. I will give clues along the way. The bus pass is the first clue, more to follow.

Please all stay safe and keep up the awesome job of delivering for our patients and communities and remember the RHQ and your Colonels Commandant are here to support you. I very much look forward to meeting you all when the time is right. 

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 09:06

Christmas Lunch, 4 December 21, Edinburgh

The Scottish Branch Christmas Lunch will be held at:

The Scotsman Hotel

North Bridge

Edinburgh

EH1 1TR

There will be lunch and a raffle.

The Royal Military School of Music, will be closing by the end of the Summer and consequently, our museum will be closing to the public whilst we find our new home.  We have therefore decided to hold two Open Days on Friday 28th February (open to schools and the general public) and Saturday 29th February (open to all) 2020 from 11 am to 3 pm on both days.

You are cordially invited to join us on these days and we ask that you let us know when you would like to visit as we are conducting guided tours on the half-hour throughout the open period.  You can take part in an online questionnaire which can be done without needing to post or email a return.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NPQB92V

 

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The QARANC employs Officers and Soldiers in both the Regular and Reserve Army, as Registered Nurses, Student Nurses, and Health Care Assistants, and we are always looking for people. If you are interested in a career as a Nurse or Health Care Assistant which also offers other great opportunities then you are just the person we are looking for. A career in the QARANC is more than a job, you will have access to extensive training and development opportunities, not just related to your job, but personal development too. You will have the opportunity to use your skills in diverse settings – wherever the Army is employed health care professionals from the QARANC are there. Right now there are QARANC personnel working around the world, including Sierra Leone, Canada, Mali, Afghanistan, Germany, and Cyprus. Being in the QARANC you will have access to, and be expected to undertake adventurous training, and you will have access to free medical and dental care, as well as robust annual leave and pension package. For information contact a member of the QARANC recruiting team on: 01276 412741, 01276 412742 or 01276 412740 or visit

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