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       COLONEL ALISON E B FARMER ARRC QHN

Colonel Alison Farmer enlisted into the QARANC as a student nurse in 1986 and after qualifying, became a specialist nurse initially in Gynaecology, then Family Planning and latterly in Public Health prior to commissioning from Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in 1998. She has had deployments as a soldier and officer; twice to the Balkans, to Afghanistan and twice to Mali. As a Corporal she was awarded the Associate of the Royal Red Cross in 1997 for her work during her second deployment to Bosnia.

Working in a variety of clinical roles, she was selected for an exchange attachment to the New Zealand Army for 4 months in 2000. From 2001, she undertook Regimental, Management and Staff roles. These included SO3 G1 Personnel at Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade, Matron at the Medical Reception Station Seria in Brunei where she promoted to Major and returned to UK as SO2 QARANC Recruiting.

On completion of the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) in 2008, she assumed Sub Unit Command at 4 Medical Regiment in Aldershot. Subsequent staff roles were as SO2 Medical Operations and Plans in Army Headquarters, SO2 Nursing for Director Army Nursing Services, followed by promotion to Lieutenant Colonel into SO1 Medical Plans at the Ministry of Defence as lead for the Future Reserve 20 programme for the Defence Medical Services.

Following a deployment as SO1 Joint Medical Plans within the European Union Training Mission in Mali, she returned to Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade in 2015 as Chief of Staff of the Central Reserves Headquarters and Commanding Officer Brigade personnel. She then deployed back to Mali in 2017 as SO1 Joint Medical Plans. From deployment she returned to UK as SO1 Assessor at the Army Officer Selection Board in Westbury.

She was promoted to Colonel in April 2019 and is currently Commanding Officer of 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital with a secondary responsibility as AMS link for the Army Officer Selection Board and visiting Board Assessor. She assumed the appointment of Chief Nursing Officer (Army) in December 2019.

The QARANC Association Medal.

The medal is to be awarded annually to the QARANC Association retired member who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association by fostering esprit de corps, comradeship and the welfare of the Corps by preserving its traditions or relieving need, hardship or distress. The prize is funded by the QARANC Association and consists of a medal and a purse of £150.

The presentation of the Medal will take place at the annual reunion lunch.

Branches are requested to submit citations for this medal by COP 30th April for the 2020 Medal.

Citations that were submitted for 2019 will not be automatically submitted. If you wish to re submit a citation please update and submit by COP 31st March 2020. 

 

Regular QARANC Officers Tippet Medals

Prior to the change in ward dress regular officers on entry to the Corps were issued with a Tippet Medal to be worn on the right-hand side of the Tippet. These medals were handed back to the Quartermaster on completion of commission. However, officers who had completed 16 years regular service were able to write to the Regimental Secretary requesting to retain their Tippet Medal.

Consequent to the change in uniform no medals were issued thus the right to retain the medal had to cease until ownership/disposal could be clarified. The inception of the Heritage and Chattels Committee of the Association led to the unissued medals being examined, catalogued and to the investigation of ownership. Clarification has now been received - the medals are owned by the Association.

The Association holds a finite collection of 290 medals. There are five manufacturers of the medals, some have Kings crowns and some Queens crowns. The condition varies and many do not have ribbons or a suspender – the museum holds ribbon and the name of a specialist who can supply a suspender.

At the Board of Trustees meeting on the 31st October 2019 the options for disposal were discussed and a unanimous decision reached:

The best examples from each manufacturer, both Kings and Queens crown are to be retained for the QARANC Heritage Collection. A further 10 medals are to be retained for ceremonial purposes. The remaining medals are to be sealed in an appropriately sized envelope and numbered.  Disposal will mirror the system prior to the change in ward dress.

Nursing Officers who have 16 years regular commissioned service may now apply to receive a Tippet Medal.

The procedure is as follows:

Entitled officers are to write to the Regimental Secretary requesting consideration and enclose with the application.

  • Proof of 16 years regular commissioned service as a Nursing Officer.
  • A cheque for £10 made payable to the QARANC Association to cover postage and packing.
  • Application form.

Once an application has been verified as meeting the eligibility criteria of 16 years regular commissioned service, the Regimental Secretary will randomly select one of the sealed medals (the Regimental Secretary has no knowledge of the age, condition or value of the packed medal) and the medal will be posted ‘next day delivery-to be signed for’. Medals are not to be collected from the Regimental office. Demand is expected to be high and will be based on a first come first served basis. Officers who were issued with the Medal prior to the change in uniform and successfully applied to retain it are excluded from applying for a further medal.  

We are extremely pleased to announce that the date for our Reunion Lunch has been confirmed as Saturday 25th September 2021.

The Board of Trustees and I are excited to release the new date for the Reunion Lunch. We have been very fortunate and able to carry the date to September. We will release more details as we have them but are already looking forward to meeting you all. We will be issuing a new booking form in the Gazette and will upload to the website once we have it.

Anyone that has already booked will be moved over the new dates. If you have any questions, please do email me at manager@qarancassociation.org.uk

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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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