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As part of the Nightingale 200 for 200 Challenge the QARANC Association is identifying 200 of the many Army nurses who have been awarded the Royal Red Cross (RRC) or the Associate Royal Red Cross (ARRC), and will build a wall of images here during the challenge period – the 21st of October to the 4th of November when the Foundation will be marking Florence Nightingale leaving for and arriving at Scutari Hospital to care for injured soldiers during the Crimean War.

Follow the challenger here.

NURSING TIMES AWARDS IS GOING VIRTUAL!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Nursing Times Awards, as well as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Following a difficult year, the 2020 awards ceremony will be extra special to ensure that the hard work and dedication of the nursing profession is recognised and celebrated.

We have been monitoring advice and guidance from the UK government and unfortunately it is clear that we are unable to gather in large numbers to celebrate your collective achievements. As a result, and because of how incredibly important it is to gather together in some way to acknowledge the hard work and innovation of you and your peers, we are making this event virtual!

The virtual ceremony will take place on Wednesday 18 November 2020 and we'd love it if you joined us as we uncover our incredible winners.

During a challenging year for the profession, we were honoured to hear your stories and read your entries to the 2020 Nursing Times Awards. Our judges had a tough job deciding on the finalists and now we are delighted to share with you who made the shortlist!

We wish the following good luck and congratulations on your nominations!

The nominations on the website reflect:

  • WO2 Robbie Beech Florence Nightingale Nurse of the Year
  • Lt Jenny Dyson RN JHG(SE)- Nurse Leader of the Year
  • DPHC Psychotherapy treatment for Defence Mental Health Services
  • DPHC Early Intervention in Occupational Health
  • Sgt Lucy Laughton RAF – Rising Star

If you would like to register for the event you can do so here:

https://awards.nursingtimes.net/register-to-attend

Good Luck to All!

Nuffield Health’s Chief Nurse, Carol Kefford and Dame Yvonne Moores, Chair of The Florence Nightingale Foundation, celebrate International Nurses Day with a discussion about how nurses are coping during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and leadership within nursing and how this compares to Florence Nightingale’s experience. They show their appreciation for the hard work of all nurses during 2020, the Year of the Nurse.

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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.

It is during these unprecedented times that we all feel the need to reach out. As your Association we are here to offer as much support as we can.

If you are already affiliated to a Branch but have not managed to keep in touch then please do reach out to us. We would also like to hear from and offer support to those members that are part of our HQ Roll and are not currently members of a Branch.

Maybe now is the time to make that connection and become part of the QARANC Association Communities, reignite old friendships and make new ones.  Whether you are HQ or a branch member, we are communicating in a variety of ways. Through our Facebook, email and telephone calls. If you feel that you might need our support and assistance at this time then please do get in touch.

We can either put you in touch with your local Branch or we can assist you through other means.

Sue McAteer (General Secretary):

gensec@qarancassociation.org.uk – 07546 519 061

Sarah Young (Charity Office Manager):

manager@qarancassociation.org.uk – 07895 366 299

Alison Roberts (Administrative Officer):

Admin@qarancassociation.org.uk

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, 5 December 20, 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.

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A Career in Army Nursing

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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

www.armyjobs.mod.uk

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