Honouring Queen’s Nurses and their contribution to community nursing

This year’s Queen’s Nursing Institute Awards Ceremonies were held at the Royal Garden Hotel, London in June. Attended by almost 500 community nurses and guests, National Garden Scheme trustee, Sir Richard Thompson presented the awards to the executive leaders that we have been supporting.

Speaking at the event Sir Richard said: “It is a great pleasure and an honour to attend the QNI Awards Ceremony on behalf of the 3,500 garden owners who open their gardens for the National Garden Scheme. The scheme was set up by the QNI in 1927, originally with just a few hundred gardens that together raised £8,000.

“Since becoming an independent organisation, the number of nursing and health charities the National Garden Scheme supports has grown to include many others, including Horatio’s Garden that creates gardens at specialist spinal units around the country.

“Recently, the National Garden Scheme supported the QNI with an extra grant of £125,000 to develop the leadership potential of nurses working in the community. There are enormous benefits to this, as far more care will in future have to be delivered in the community, to support the growing population of older people and reducing the number of those people who must be admitted to hospital.”

Sir Richard Thompson honouring the Queen’s Nurses at the annual awards ceremony in London taken by Kate Stanworth

Sir Richard Thompson honouring the Queen’s Nurses at the annual awards ceremony in London taken by Kate Stanworth

Sir Richard and everyone at the National Garden Scheme would like to congratulate all the Queen’s Nurses who received awards, particularly the executive leaders to whom we have increased our support.

There are now almost 1,400 Queen’s Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, delivering care to patients in the community, supported with funding from the National Garden Scheme. For more about our partnership click here.

Lead photo: The Executive Leaders Group with Dr John Unsworth, Chair of the QNI’s Council and Dr Cystal Oldman CBE, QNI Chief Executive taken by Kate Stanworth

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