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Funding for nurse-led innovation in the community   

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced details of nine new nurse-led projects that it will be supporting during 2014.

The QNI’s year-long Fund for Innovation and Leadership programme aims to test new ideas and improve care delivered by nurses and their teams in the community. Each project benefits from funding of up to £5,000.

The project leaders participate in four professional development workshop days throughout the year and the QNI also makes on-site visits to each project.

Anne Pearson, the QNI’s practice development manager, runs the programme. She said this year’s projects highlighted the “amazing diversity and complexity of care” being delivered by community nurses.

“We see nurses harnessing new technology and challenging existing ways of working,” she said. “In many cases our project leaders will be working with service users from excluded and marginalised groups who have fallen through the gaps in primary care services.”

Ms Pearson added: “These projects are a practical, measurable way of improving patient care by testing the ideas of front line nurses, supported by QNI staff with experience in project delivery.

“We will be publicising the results of the projects when they are concluded, to share knowledge and experience more widely and to promote the sharing of best practice,” she said.

The nine projects are:

  • Maintain the health of clients living in a residential home through a DN liaison nurse – Deborah Higgins, DN Team leader, North Wales
  • Tailoring care for patients with vascular disease within a general practice setting – Esme Elliott, Practice Nurse, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Catheter Champions – Michelle Payne, continence specialist nurse, Middlesbrough
  • Behaviour management programme at key stage 1 – Julie Bulmer, school nurse team leader, Locala
  • Milk to Meals – Ros Ratcliffe, health visitor, Southampton
  • Assistive technology – Rachel Daly, quality in care team lead, Aylesbury
  • Healthcare training for carers of patients on end-of-life pathway – Kirsty Marshall, community nursing development lead, Lancashire
  • Community At Risk Tool (CART) project – Sadie Campbell, lead nurse, Northern Ireland
  • Eczema Expert – Nicola Broad, community dermatology specialist nurse, Wigan

Full details of the projects can be found in the document on the right.

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