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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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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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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.

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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. 

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Scottish Branch, AGM, Glasgow

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 08:51

Coffee Catch Up, 20 June 20

Please come and Join us for Coffee.  We will be meeting at:

Cranachan

2nd Floor Princes Square

48 Buchanan Street

Galsgow

G1 3JN

Coffee will be served at 11am. 

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 08:27

QARANC Association Trustee Vacancy

The QARANC Association are keen to broaden their skills and recruit new people to strengthen the existing board and drive the Association forward.

The Association is seeking to appoint new trustees with experience and knowledge that can enhance the current Board. We are looking for individuals to join its Trustee board and be formally appointed as soon as practicable after the recruitment process is complete.

Time Commitment:

Four Board meetings per year, subcommittees as appropriate and any tasks between Board meetings that the role might require.

Location: The Charity is registered at Regimental HQ QARANC, AMS HQ, Robertson House, Slim Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4NP.  Board meetings are normally held in Camberley.

For those wishing to apply please e-mail Sarah Young, Office Manager, QARANC Association manager@qarancassociation.org.uk

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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.

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 08:30

The QARANC Association Medal

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. 

 

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Monday, 16 December 2019 08:27

Regular QARANC Officers Tippet Medals

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.  

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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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