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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)

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