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New prize scheme for top district nursing students

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced the creation of a new prize scheme for district nursing students, in memory of a man who died while raising funds for the community nursing charity.

The Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize will be offered to top performing students from the District Nursing programme in every university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“I would encourage all eligible universities to participate with us in this unique new scheme”

Crystal Oldman

One prize is available for every university delivering a Specialist Practitioner – District Nursing programme.

The scheme will begin operating in the current academic year, and will continue to be offered annually.

The prize of £50, along with a certificate from the QNI, will be presented to the successful student alongside their academic award at their university graduation ceremony.

The QNI said that recipients of the prize will also be encouraged to develop future links with the institute.

This award was created in memory of Philip Goodeve-Docker (pictured above, left) who died on 28 April 2013 during a fundraising event for the QNI. The 31-year-old became caught up in a severe polar storm while setting out to cross the Greenland Ice Sheet with two other men who survived.

Mr Goodeve-Docker’s links to the QNI had originally come through his grandfather, Patrick Pirie-Gordon, who was a trustee and treasurer of the charity for 30 years.

The prize is funded entirely by £60,000 raised over the past 12 months by his family and friends.

QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: “The creation of this new award allows us to cherish and celebrate the memory of this young man who died doing what he loved, while raising funds for this charity.

Crystal Oldman

Crystal Oldman

“Due to the incredible generosity of his family and friends, we are able to do something that will really make a difference to district nursing education, and thereby to patient care, which is what Philip set out to do.”

She added: “I would encourage all eligible universities to participate with us in this unique new scheme.”

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