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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 21:00

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 Thur 4 Jul 19  RUC Memorial Gardens  Belfast
 Fri 23 Aug 19  Steam & Jazz Trip  Belfast
 Thur 3 Oct 19  AGM  Belfast
 Fri 11 Oct 19  Cabaret - Grand Opera House  Belfast
 Fri 6 Dec 19  Christmas Lunch  Belfast
14 or 21 Mar 20 St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast
Sat 9 May 20 Florence Nightingale Celebration Belfast
Sun 17 May 20 Florence Nightingale Service Belfast

Be part of this national cause to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice

The bodies of 72,396 British servicemen who died at the Somme were never recovered.  Somerset artist, Rob Heard is hand-stitching a shrouded figure to remember each one.  he began with the 19,240 killed on the first day of the battle - 1 July 1916.  These were displayed in Exeter last year.

He is now working on making tens of thousands more to 'bring the boys home' for the centenary of Armistice Day in 2018.  They are looking at raising £150,000 to deliver this extraordinary installation in London.

You can be part of it by signing up to the kickstarter crowding funding campaign which launched on the 10 May 2017.

Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/622425218/shrouds-of-the-somme   

Help make this happen - http://shroudsofthesomme.com/   

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shroudsofthesomme   

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shroudsofsomme   

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shroudsofthesomme/

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million Commonwealth Forces who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten. They care for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 154 countries. The values and aims, laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were a 100 years ago.

On the 21st May this year the Commission celebrates its Centenary and to honour this remarkable anniversary BFPS has produced a commemorative cover.

I've been here for almost two weeks now, and I've only heard the phone ring twice.

That may have something to do with the fact that there is a total of 53 nurses in the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps (RNZNC), 43 of these are Regular, 10 are reservists. There are no Healthcare Assistants. The Regular Force breakdown is roughly 11 in ED, 4 in ITU, 5 in Theatres, 4 in PACU, 2 in Primary Healthcare, 2 preceptors and 10 in the ‘other’ category. About 18 months ago all the Defence Health New Zealand became Tri-Service, even prior to this, nurses were only employed within the Army, fulfilling all Navy and RAF nursing capabilities. 

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 20:21

QARANC Corps Day Service

Being the 70th Anniversary of the QARANC, we felt it fitting to hold a celebratory service and supper for our Corps Day celebration. 

It was a combined event with the Newcastle Branch of the QARANC Association and 201 (Northern) Field Hospital.  Both the Officers and SNCO Messes, as well as the RAMC Association provided support. 

The opportunity for engagement between serving and retired members within and out with 201 Fd Hosp was too good to pass up.  During the service, Padre Pyke lead the celebration which included readings from the diary of Helen Octavia Driver, Aug 1914.  Thanks go to  Jackie Hall, Fiona Mitford, Karen Race and Alexandra Cairns for their readings.  

The CO delivered a leaving speech for Lt Col Laverick-Stovin and presented her 1st VRSM bar and Col Coles TD QHN presented WO2 Race with her Warrant.   

Afterwards we all gathered in the Officers’ Mess for food, refreshments and a celebratory anniversary cake.   There was a QARANC and 201 Fd Hosp history display for Unit members and guests to peruse.  It was an excellent opportunity for both serving and retired QARANC officers and soldiers to get together and celebrate such an important point in our history. 

Some of our younger members were surprised when they realised how recently the grey dresses were in service.  Also, Cath Waller shared some of her experience of how core belts were utilised before manual handling aids were formally introduced.

The Chief Nursing Officer (Army) Colonel Karen Irvine QHN L/QARANC held her 2 day symposium over the 4-5 May 2017, in the fabulous grounds of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

With a full and comprehensive programme of events and presentations the Churchill theatre was packed with QARANC personnel, from HCA's, ECT's, Registered personnel from all over the UK eager to learn and network in a relaxed atmosphere.

It has been a fantastic event with presentations from numerous areas of work from Veterans care to Occupational health, each presenter offering something more about their role and experiences within Nursing in Defence.  Lots of exciting opportunities coming up and lots of important changes to the NMC codes and how nurses are trained.

An excellent event

The Highland Fling is a 53 mile trail race which takes place each April. The route follows part of the West Highland Way, Scotland’s oldest official long distance footpath, from Milngavie to Tyndrum, and passes through the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Whilst the event is open to 1000 ultramarathon runners, a ballot is also held to select 50 teams to enter the event as a 4 person relay team.   Possibly inspired by the drinks, massages and ceilidh offered at the end of the race, two teams from 205 Field hospital entered the ballot. While one team failed to be selected, our team ‘Blood, Sweat and Beers’ successfully gained a place.

Our team consisted of Lt Col Nicola McCullough , Maj Narelle Gregor, SSgt Stu Low and Pte Abbey Harris, all from Edinburgh Detachment. Each team member wanted to train to an optimum level and achieve their own personal fitness goal. As a team we also wanted to promote a sense of esprit de corps and to raise the profile of 205 Field Hospital and the wider Army Medical Services.

After a long and tedious journey myself (Pte Woods) and Cpl Louise Arthur finally arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. Before we had left our Unit Defence medical Group South East (DMG SE) many people had told us their experiences of Kenya so we were prepared! We arrived in Nairobi in the evening, very tired and not fully aware of our surroundings. Once morning came the heat hit us as did the surroundings and culture which we experienced on the 200km coach ride north to Nanyuki, our home for the next 6 weeks.

The reason behind our deployment to Kenya was to be research assistants at British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) carrying out the Trial Evaluating Ambulatory Treatment of Travellers’ Diarrhoea (TrEAT TD). The Doctor leading this research in Kenya was Sqn Ldr J Rimmer. This research was carried out both in the medical centre at LAB (E) Camp and in field conditions involving individuals on EXERCISE ASKARI STORM. This study involved individuals submitting 3 stool samples over the period of the exercise to be analysed and tested at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

Student Nurses based at Birmingham’s DHE have a period of time at the end of their academic studies called ‘Consolidation and Preparation’ (CAP). CAP is designed to allow Student Nurses to consolidate their learning from the previous academic year and to take part in extracurricular activities that will develop their nursing practice. Last August, during our CAP period, Pte Kirtley and I were fortunate enough to be able to take part in a medical volunteer programme in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar.

Upon arrival in Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo, we were instantly struck by the obvious economic instability of the country. The lack of general infrastructure was quite shocking, roads comprised of nothing more than a dirt track and it was routine to see young children without clothing begging in the streets. After a couple of nights in the capital we took a flight down to the South East. Fort Dauphin seemed a world away from the hustle and bustle of Antananarivo. The tropical seaside town of Fort Dauphin is built up around a central market where farmers walk for hours every day to sell their home grown produce for little more than a few pounds. After meeting our local Malagasy guide and packing our geriatric 4WD with enough food to feed the entire British Army, we were off to the ‘Spiny Forest’ where we would spend 10 days working within a rural medical centre.

A group of 22 personnel from DMGSE embarked on a four day tour of Normandy, France on Operation Cantina Overlord. With the objective to enhance knowledge about the D-Day landings (Operation Overlord) which took place on the 6th June 1944 and the military precision planning it involved. The first stop was Memorial de Caen. The memorial provided the students with an overall understanding of the D-Day landings and countries involved with the operation.

The second day started with a visit to Pegasus Bridge, perhaps one of the most famous landmarks in Normandy. For the British it was crucial that Pegasus Bridge was liberated to ensure the success of Operation Tonga, the codename for airborne operations takeing place over the 5 – 6 June 1944. The mission to take Pegasus Bridge was led by Major John Howard and the men of 'D' Company, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. After looking around the Pegasus Bridge museum the students then departed to the Merville Battery.

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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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