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QNI announces funding for community nurses in West Midlands

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced that eight nurse-led community projects are to receive funding in the West Midlands.

The eight winning projects are the first to receive funding from the regional Fund for Innovation programme, supported by the QNI and NHS West Midlands.

The programme, which will run in 2009-2010, will see the project leaders benefit from a year-long professional development programme designed by the QNI to support them in the delivery of their projects.

The eight projects include work with people with learning disabilities, infants, eye care, and intravenous therapy. Results and experience from the projects will be shared across the region.

Peter Blythin, director of nursing and workforce at NHS West Midlands said: ‘These projects are an excellent way to help nurses, midwives, health visitors and allied health professionals deliver the very best patient care to the people of the West Midlands.’

QNO director Rosemary Cook said: ‘We were impressed by the quality of the many applications that we received for this first-ever regional Fund for Innovation programme. The eight projects chosen come from all parts of the region and show the breadth and complexity of community services provided by the NHS.’

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