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Crystal Oldman: ‘We can help make your fabulous ideas a reality’

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has a proud record of supporting nurse innovators in practice. This time round, it is inviting ideas on how to improve men’s health.
Crystal Oldman

The Queens Nursing Institute has a proud record of supporting nurse innovators in practice. This time round, it is inviting ideas on how to improve mens health

When I ask nurses who are delivering care for patients in the community for their views in creating a more productive or responsive health service they are never, ever, short of an answer. And not all of it is about the money, despite the NHS currently being starved of funding.

Nurses are fabulous at knowing what would produce better outcomes, be more efficient, more productive and give better value for money. They may not always use the term innovation, but that is what they are talking about when they say, if only we could do it this way when making suggestions about delivering their service differently.

Commissioned services

The QNI has a long and successful history of supporting innovation

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute has a proud record of supporting nurse innovators in practice. This time round, it is inviting ideas on how to improve men’s health

When I ask nurses who are delivering care for patients in the community for their views in creating a more productive or responsive health service they are never, ever, short of an answer. And not all of it is about the money, despite the NHS currently being starved of funding.

Nurses are fabulous at knowing what would produce better outcomes, be more efficient, more productive and give better value for money. They may not always use the term ‘innovation’, but that is what they are talking about when they say, ‘if only we could do it this way…’ when making suggestions about delivering their service differently.

Commissioned services

The QNI has a long and successful history of supporting innovation in nursing practice. In 2015, an independent evaluation of our work over the previous decade demonstrated that the majority of innovations we had supported became part of commissioned services.

I am therefore delighted that the Burdett Trust for Nursing has once more funded the QNI to support 10 projects in the community and primary care next year, focused specifically on improving men’s health, from adolescents to older men. Nurses working in any field of health care will be welcome to apply.

Check the QNI’s website and our social media over the next few weeks for the call for applications and start thinking about your idea for doing things differently for the community you serve.

We know that front line practitioners often have the answers and the QNI can help you translate your fabulous ideas into practical reality.

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Crystal Oldman

Crystal Oldman is chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute

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