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As you are aware, events for 2020 have been cancelled for many organisations. We do actively encourage you to still register. As soon as we are able to offer an update, we will of course let you know. You can Register using the attached application.  

We have taken this latest update from the RBL:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continually reviewing our events and to ensure better clarity on the situation in November, the Legion will communicate its full plans for this year’s Cenotaph in early Autumn.

Please note the Legion is working closely with all the relevant Government agencies to ensure that this year’s Cenotaph Dispersal can go ahead in some form. A range of representative options are under consideration by the Government. We will keep you informed as and when plans progress.

For Associations expecting to hear confirmation of their allocations, please note that we will be deferring this until we have some clearer guidance from the Government.

If you are an individual looking to apply to march, please contact your relevant association to register your interest.

Thank you for your continued patience while we navigate new ways of working in these unprecedented times.

The Commemorative Events Team

Earn as You Learn – Part Time Medical Degree Survey

UCLan’s School of Medicine at UCLan was established in 2014 providing medical training and a range of complementary undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and research in partnership with the NHS. We are currently developing a new course with our partners; a part time medical degree which would allow applicants with previous clinical experience to study for the Bachelor Medicine Bachelor Surgery (MBBS) whilst working in a clinical role for one of our partner NHS Trusts.
This training programme will be suitable for military veterans, healthcare workers and support staff who may not have the conventional academic requirements for studying medicine at university, but who have gained relevant skills throughout their career to date.

Collaboration with community partners means we hope to provide support with accommodation and assistance for spouses with employment or training. We would like your views and opinions to help us develop a course which will meet the needs of the students we are seeking to attract.

We hope you can spare a few minutes to complete the survey.  

The survey can be found at If interested, UCLan would be grateful if you would complete they survey.  I attach the survey for information, please use link to complete.

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.


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.

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A Career in Army Nursing


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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