In line with Government advice, the majority of the QNIS team continue to work remotely, as we endeavour to continue to support community nurses across the country.
The office number is 0131 229 2333 and this will be diverted to a staff member between the hours of 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. If your query falls outwith these hours then please leave a voice message or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond during working hours.
We recognise that all community nurses and midwives are facing challenging times and our events and programmes are being scaled back to enable you to focus on supporting Scotland’s communities. We are here to listen to any concerns and support you as best as we possibly can.
We hope you will find useful information on this website in the form of resources we feel are relevant to share.
Below we hope to address any questions for all those connected to QNIS on what is happening with our ongoing work and programmes.
Despite the unfortunate need to cancel the 2020 conference, we are pleased to announce an agreed date for next year. The next QNIS conference will go ahead on 31 March 2021 at BT Murrayfield. Various blogs and presentations from those who were due to speak at the cancelled 2020 event have now been held as online salons or been added to our website. For further information regarding the 2021 conference please contact our office at – email@example.com
The 2020 Queen’s Nurse Programme
The programme got off to a great start with an inspiring week together at Balbirnie House prior to the lockdown. As a way of supporting the candidates during the Coronavirus outbreak, Clare Cable has hosted weekly Zoom webchats and the candidates have received regular telephone conversations with their coaches. We’re pleased to share that additional funding was made available to allow for further coaching sessions with all Queen’s Nurses including the 2020 Queen’s Nurse candidates.
The October residential workshop is set to go ahead at Balbirnie House as planned. Confirmation of exact dates to follow.
The 2020 Learning Disability Queen’s Nurse Programme
We are now making preparations to reconvene the selection event for this special Queen’s Nurse cohort, with selection held online where necessary. All candidates will be notified as soon as a date for selection is set.
Catalysts for Change
The Catalysts for Change (CfC) Steering Group met to review progress among the 11 projects for 2019/20. While pleased with the progress, along with our partners at The National Lottery Community Fund, we have decided to provide an automatic six-month extension to all projects. The launch of the next round of CfC projects (2020/21) has also been postponed for six months however our discussions around setting a firm date have resumed.
Complexity in Primary Care
The start of our exciting new project on Complexity in Primary Care, funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, has been postponed for six months. We are currently engaged in discussions to set a date for progression of this project once the community nurses serving the project’s intended beneficiaries – people with multiple morbidities, alongside personal adversities – will have enough relief from the Coronavirus pandemic to engage with this QNIS project.
C3 CHESS project – Engaging Communities
The closing date for applications for this programme is no longer in place and the planned training event in May had been postponed. Those who have expressed an interest in this exciting joint piece of work with C3 will be notified as soon as we are able to reschedule.
2020 Annual Awards Dinner
We are pleased to announce that the Annual Awards Dinner is going ahead on Thursday 26 November 2020. Further details will be posted to the website in due course.
Retired Queen’s Nurses
We continue to monitor the current situation and have begun opening conversations surrounding the September holiday. As planned, an update will be sent in the Summer Newsletter.
In line with Scottish Government guidance, we have asked our volunteer visitors to cease offering visits in person and to stay in touch by phone with people they would normally visit.