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QNI appoints chair designate

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced that former Nursing Times editor Jane Salvage will be its next chair.

Jane Salvage will take over as chair of the community nursing organisation’s council when Rosalynde Lowe retires in 2012.

Ms Salvage was made a QNI Fellow in 2009 and is a visiting professor at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London. She was editor of Nursing Times from 1996-2001.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Salvage said: “Being appointed chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute is both an honour and a challenge, at such a crucial time for community nursing. Strengthening public health and moving services closer to home is vital for people’s wellbeing.

“The growing epidemic of long-term conditions, the complex needs of older people, and the shift to home care all demand much more support for and support from community nurses. Meanwhile spending cuts, workforce problems and NHS reforms make this a time of both crisis and opportunity.”

She added: “The QNI, with its unique traditions and authoritative, independent voice, is well positioned to shape the debate, and to continue helping community nurses to lead the way, in partnership with patients and communities.”

The QNI has also appointed its first trustee from Northern Ireland. Robert Brown is assistant director of primary care and nursing (learning and development) at the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.

QNI director Rosemary Cook said: “It’s great to have a trustee from Northern Ireland, as we have funded lots of projects there, and we are closely involved in the review of district nursing. I hope having Bob on our Council will mean even closer links with community practice in Northern Ireland.

“I’m also delighted that Jane Salvage will be our new Chair in due course. Ros Lowe has been a fantastic Chair, and a great support to me as Director. Working with Jane will be the start of an exciting new phase for me and for the QNI.”

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