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The Newcastle Branch of the QA Association had an entertaining lunch at the “Landmark” Chinese Restaurant in Newcastle on 27 March 2018.

Ten of our members turned up for a delightful chance of “reminiscence therapy".

On the 25th March, the Millbank Branch held their annual Corps Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
62 members & guests attended the church service. We were honoured to have Col Carol Kefford & Col Ashleigh Boreham with us as well as three members of 256 (C of L ) Field Hospital (V).
 
Lt Col Jo Cooke read the QA collect & Cpl Annette Bowden Whiskers carried the standard escorted by two Millbank members, Liz Gregory & Adele Rutledge. Padre Steven Brooke made us all very welcome.
After the service 58 of us including Padre Steven retired to the In-Pensioners Club for a delicious curry lunch.
 
Col Carol & Col Ash kindly gave us a brief update on the Association & it's work & where the AMS is today. There are many changes ahead but I am confident that they will be embraced by Association Members & the wider AMS family.
 
The decibel level at lunch let me know that the day was a success.
 
Lindi Kibbey
Chairman 
Millbank Branch.

Assistant Head Health Strategy / Chief Nursing Officer (Army)

Senior Health Advisor (Army) Department

Colonel Alison McCourt joined the Army in 1988. Following nurse training and service within the ranks in the United Kingdom and Germany, Alison was selected for commission in the QARANC in 1994. She subsequently undertook specialist training in Emergency Nursing at Leeds University and since then has undertaken a number of Clinical, Regimental and Staff appointments. 

Alison has deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Sierra Leone.  Following her deployment to Bosnia as the Senior Nursing Officer of the hospital she was awarded the honour of Associate Royal Red Cross. Subsequent assignments include Officer Instructor at the Defence Medical Services Training Centre and a deployment to Kosovo as the Senior Nursing Officer for 33 Field Hospital in 2001. During that operational tour she was the in-theatre lead for the establishment of the joint UK/US hospital facility at Camp Bondsteel.

Her first staff appointment was as SO3 Medical Operations and Training at Headquarters 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in 2001 which included a deployment with the headquarters on Op TELIC 2. Following promotion to Major she attended the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) in 2005.  In 2008 she returned to clinical duties prior to deploying as an individual augmentee for 22 Field Hospital on Op TELIC 13. This was followed by Sub Unit Command with 22 Field Hospital, as Officer Commanding 13 Medical Evacuation Squadron. During this period Alison completed a Post Graduate Diploma in International Human Resource Management which she has recently progressed to MSc.

Following promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 2011, Alison attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course. Her initial SO1 appointment was as Chief of Staff, Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade in York in Aug 2012.  Alison assumed Command of 22 Field Hospital in July 2013 and deployed the Unit to Sierra Leone on Op GRITROCK in Oct 14.  She was awarded an OBE for her leadership of 22 Field during Op GRITROCK.

On promotion to Colonel in Dec 2015 she assumed an appointment in the newly established Senior Health Advisors department and has been the lead for Assurance and now Health Strategy in that area. 

Alison assumed the appointment of Chief Nursing Officer for the Army on 1 Feb 18.

Remembrance Travel for The Royal British Legion are on a mission to find every single surviving veteran of the Second World War, and offer them a chance to revisit the places they served during the war. The tours are being fully funded by the Treasury from LIBOR bank fines and will enable veterans, along with a carer and family member, to return free-of-charge to the battlefields of their youth to pay respects to fallen comrades. 

Over the past four years they have enabled Normandy veterans to return to the D-Day beaches on such journeys of remembrance, and thanks to the success of this campaign we are now able to extend this offer to all veterans of the Second World War this year. New Normandy dates are available each year and they intend to add tours to other worldwide locations in the future in line with demand. 

These poignant tours visit battlefields, cemeteries and include group and personal acts of remembrance. Since these tours started, The Royal British Legion has had the privilege to take hundreds of veterans back in what has been an emotive and cathartic experience for all. In the words of one veteran: "All the ghosts have been laid. If you get the chance to go back, you go." 

There is no database of currently living Second World War veterans - the majority are now in their 90s, so they are calling on your Regimental and Corps networks and associations to help us spread the word. If you do know a veteran, please let them know about our free tours. 

In addition to our LIBOR funded tours, Remembrance Travel is also offering competitively priced remembrance tours to other locations. The two on offer this year are a river cruise over Armistice Day and a tour to Burma. All tours are accompanied by a qualified guide and a doctor or medic: Discounts will be considered for those veterans who meet certain eligibility requirements if they served in the areas visited on these tours. 

Veterans interested in joining any of these tours need to apply to our tour operator, Arena Travel on 01473 660800, or visit www.arenatravel.com/journeysofremembrance. 


LIBOR FUNDED TOURS DATE
Normandy 6 Day tours departing various dates each month
Monte Cassino (RBL funded) 15-19 May 2018
Normandy Veterans UK based tour at National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) 01 June 2018
   
JOURNEYS OF REMEMBRANCE TOURS DATE
Burma 08-16 November 2018
Armistice River Cruise (Netherlands) 06-13 November 2018

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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

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