Community Nursing Research News

Queens Nurse applications open

open. Completed applications must be received by 28 February 2018.

To be eligible to apply for the Queen’s Nurse title, you must:

  • be a community nurse
  • be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • have at least FIVE years community nursing or health visiting experience
  • be known to your manager for a period of at least one year
  • work in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

Further information:

FoNS News - December 2017

FoNS Blog 

This week FoNS CEO, Theresa Shaw, shares her final FoNS@30 blog, and starts to look forward to the future. Read more …

Improving workplace culture

Places still available for the Creating Caring Cultures Masterclass, 22 January 2018: a hands-on introduction to developing more person-centred workplace cultures. Ideal opportunity for frontline leaders, you will come out of the masterclass with your own personal action plan. Discounts available via the FoNS website.


Not so much in the headlines now but we're guessing that quite a few of you will be coming up for revalidation in the new year. Don't forget FoNS has produced a really helpful video animation to help you, along with resources which you can use at any time as part of quality improvement activity and to build up your CPD.   

New reports on the FoNS website 

Exploring Health and Wellbeing in Prison through a Peer Research Approach 

Key implications for practice: 

  • Those in prison are known to have poorer health than their counterparts within the community 
  • The impact of prison on health is complicated and little understood. It may protect health (through improved access to health and education) or negatively impact health (through social and cultural isolation) 
  • Those in prison are the experts in their experience and best placed to advise how living in prison impacts their health 
  • The peer-research approach worked well and should be considered for use in other prison settings 

Valuable lessons for healthcare professionals in any sector. 

Making Additional/Special Observations Meaningful for Patients Living with a Diagnosis of Dementia 

Throughout the project a number of methods and approaches were used to engage the ward nursing team but also the key stakeholders in the trust. This has resulted in a number of initiatives being introduced. Such as the: 

  • development of a new policy which was named the ‘Therapeutic Observations and Engagement Policy’ 
  • introduction of carer passports which provided open visiting to family members of people with a diagnosis of dementia 
  • development of a business case for the creation of a Dementia Care Enhanced Team which will consist of staff at band 2 level who will work across the medical division to provide 1:1 care for patients with a diagnosis of dementia over a 24hr period 
  • development and opening of a dementia café in the entrance of the hospital that provides 24 hr access for patients, families and staff. The café is supported by Alzheimer Society volunteers on a regular basis offering support and advice  

IPDJ Focus 

A case study exploring the experience of resilience-based clinical supervision and its influence on care towards self and others among student nurses by Gemma Stacey, Aimee Aubeeluck, Grace Cook and Snigdha Dutta

Review by Giselle Cope 

This articles offers an insight into how a newly developed intervention - Resilience-Based Clinical Supervision (RBCS) has enhanced the resilience based competencies of pre-registered nursing students. The authors conclude, that the use of such a model has the potential to improve resilience and transition to practice, and may support individuals to develop competencies that would allow individuals to recognise the emotional motivations underpinning their responses. However, RBCS only enhanced the effectiveness of clinical supervision where there was a continued commitment to this approach at both individual and organisational level. A very interesting read. 

Narrative competence in caring encounters with persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities by Anita Gjermestad 

If part of being a person is our ‘story’, what about people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities who don’t have language? This article includes 2 profound examples of how healthcare professionals became better able to understand their patients; Kate Sanders remarked: it ‘exemplifies person-centredness’. Daniel Marsden commented ‘I was struck by the enthusiasm to engage staff in actively listening to this traditionally disenfranchised group of people. The practice in this regard has many implications across the world and in particular in the context of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.’ 

RCNi Awards 

Have you worked on a project which has made a real difference to patient care?  RCNi wants to hear about it!  RCNi celebrates the amazing work that nurses do through RCNi Nurse Awards. There are 14 categories of award. 
Entry deadline 9th Feb 2018 

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Partnership pioneers safer insulin injections

10 July 2017

Work by a team at Cardiff University (including Dr Judith Carrier, Community Nursing Wales Research Strategy Board member) has shown a device for self-managing diabetes medication could save the NHS millions of pounds. Read more

Role of nurses in primary health care in rural India

24 June 2017

Please see link below link to a news piece based on our experience of providing primary health care in remote, rural areas of South Rajasthan, India. We argue that nurses can play a significant role in expanding coverage and quality of primary care in rural areas, provided they are skilled, supported and mandated. 

FoNS Weekly - June 2017

FoNS celebrates 30 years of support for nursing

We are delighted to introduce our book, written by Dr Loretta Bellman and Professor Jennifer Hunt, charting the history of FoNS over the past thirty years. It is remarkable to look back on the growth of FoNS to date, starting with the ambitions of three people at the Wellington Hospital to contribute to nursing across the NHS.

FoNS has never stood still, seeking to stay in step with the needs of nursing across health and social care and to make sure everything the organisation does ultimately makes a difference to people who use services. Today, our ambitions extend beyond simply promoting the use and spread of research to an aspiration to inspire and enable a culture that values people, helps patients to experience care and services that are the best they can be, and allows staff to feel appreciated and supported. A vision we believe stays true to and builds on FoNS’ early charitable objectives to advance the nursing profession and improve patient care.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been associated with FoNS over these thirty years – trustees, patrons, staff and supporters, along with all the nurses and teams we have worked with; each one of you has played a part in sustaining and developing the organisation.

The book will be available on the FoNS website at 6pm today, Wednesday 14th June 2017.

Sue Pembrey Award for Nurse Leadership 2017: Open for nominations

Nominations are invited to recognise an exemplary frontline nurse/midwife leader (probably band 6 or 7: such as, a ward manager/ sister/ charge nurse, community team leader, care home manager).

  • Excellent role model, leading and demonstrating a commitment to enabling care that is person centred, high quality and safe; delivered by a team who feel supported and valued.

The Sue Pembrey Award aims to sustain her recognition of the vital role clinical leaders play in creating person-centred cultures and high quality nursing care in any environment.

Nominations and self-nominations welcome. Visit the website for information and the nomination pack.

Effective Workplace Culture in Health and Social Care

A new blog has been added to the blog-site (see: This week, Shaun Cardiff considers leadership and its meaning in contemporary health care.

The authors of the site - Kim Manley, Kate Sanders, Shaun Cardiff and Jonathan Webster - encourage you to read the blogs and then to comment and share your ideas, both on the site and with your networks. We would love you to tweet about the site and blogs. If you do, please could you include #ewculture.

Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness through Practice Development

3-7 July 2017

Less than 3 weeks until the school begins! Please don’t miss this opportunity to develop skills in leading and facilitating your team; working together to create a more person centred culture. Our experience has shown the school makes a real difference to participants, their teams and ultimately the experiences of people who use services.

This residential school really makes the difference: for the long term and in practice. 

  • FoNS has a unique approach based on our understanding of the current healthcare environment and our closeness to practice. We work with nurses in clinical practice on a daily basis
  • There may be funding available from employers, trusts or associated charities and it’s always worth asking. Most of our participants are funded and employers recognise the value of the school for their organisation
  • This is a very practical course, it’s about developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to create cultures at work where care is safe, effective and person-centred
  • It’s great value for money; 5-day residential, full board in a fantastic, inspiring location

If you want to talk to the course leader/facilitator, email

Here are the links for the brochure and booking form.

FoNS Blog

This week, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator Jo Odell, talks about a recent conference in Wales (Showcasing Innovation), and suggests that we need to celebrate our innovation and success as a gift to other health and social care professionals. Read more …

Ward Manager Summit: Developing your skills as an Effective Ward Manager, 14th July 2017, London

This Summit aims to bring together current and aspiring ward managers to understand current issues and the national context, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas they are facing in practice. Includes national update sessions.

FoNS is delighted that CEO Dr Theresa Shaw will be speaking on developing your leadership skills

  • understanding and developing your leadership skills
  • developing leadership qualities and behaviours against a framework
  • the role of coaching and mentoring
  • ensuring a wider understanding of the whole organisation/system in which ward managers work
  • a chance to network with your fellow delegates: facilitated interactive discussion and sharing ideas 

A 20% discount is available to all Friends and Associates of FoNS by quoting ref: hcuk20spkr when booking. Visit the website for more information.

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The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service 

Applications are now open for The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service.

The award is given through nomination, to community nurses who provide exceptional care to their patients and demonstrate a continuing passion and enthusiasm for nursing.

This award is not a reward for length of service, but an acknowledgement that a nurse makes a very exceptional individual contribution to patient care and the nursing profession. Criteria include:

  • A minimum of 10 years’ service in community nursing
  • Ability to demonstrate a continuing commitment to the principles of excellent nursing care to the benefit of patients
  • Ability to demonstrate an outstanding contribution to both patients and the profession over and above the normal call of duty.

To download the application form please visit
Closing date: Monday 31st July 2017 

The Queen’s Nursing Institute Annual Conference Healthcare in the Community

Date: Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th September 2017
Venue: Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB 

Call for poster presentations 

Closing date: Friday 21st July 2017   

Entries are invited from nurses working in the community and primary care to promote any area of their clinical practice that reflects the Conference themes.
Day 1: Improving Care – what does good look like?
Posters should relate to a direct nursing intervention or new way of working with a client group or a community, which led to an improved health/clinical outcome and/or patient experience.  
Day 2: Community & Primary Care - Nursing for the future
Posters should demonstrate innovative ways of planning their future nursing workforce.
To see a draft copy of the agenda please visit

To apply:
We are inviting submissions for poster presentations enabling delegates to promote the innovative work that they are doing. To download the application form please visit
Please note you will need to book your place at the conference first to be considered for the poster presentation.
To book your place: 
The early bird rate is £170 (per day) including lunch and all refreshments.

If you would like to book a place for this event please visit  - you will have the option to book day 1, day 2 or both days through the Eventbrite link, please ensure you select the right rate.

Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) Newsletter - March 2017 Edition

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Transition to Care Homes resource survey

20 February 2017

The QNI are in the process of developing a new online learning resource for nurses making the transition to working in a Care Home.

Please follow this link to a short survey

We would very much value your opinion and hope that you would take this opportunity to have some input into this work.

Many thanks for your contribution. 

Researchers find link between antidepressant use and congenital anomalies or stillbirths

2 December 2016

Academics at Swansea University have carried out a dose-response analysis which suggests that pregnant women who take a specific type of antidepressant in early pregnancy have a small but significantly greater risk of having babies with major congenital anomalies (sometimes referred to as birth defects) or stillbirths compared with those who did not take these antidepressants.

Pregnant womanProfessor Sue Jordan (CNRS Board member), of the College of Human and Health Sciences led the international research team of academics from the UK, Denmark and Norway.

The study published in the PLOS ONE journal, analysed data from more than 500,000 infants in Wales, Norway and Denmark and found that women who had been prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, known as SSRIs, in the first trimester of pregnancy or 3 months before pregnancy were at a small but significantly greater risk of having infants with congenital anomalies, particularly severe heart defects or stillbirths compared with those who did not take SSRIs.

Read more

Nurse-led monitoring improves the care of patients prescribed mental health medicines

23 November 2016

New research has found that nurse-led medicines’ monitoring can prevent serious adverse side effects of medicines prescribed to people with mental health problems, and previously unnoticed health problems in patients can also be recognised and treated, which can help save lives and improve quality of life.

The research was led by CNRS for Wales Board member, Professor Sue Jordan at Swansea University and colleagues at Hywel Dda UHB

Nurse-led medicines monitoring: a study examining the effects of the West Wales Adverse Drug Reaction Profile. Jones R., Moyle C. Jordan S. 2016 Nursing Standard. 31, 14, 42-53.  doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10447 

Read more

Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) Newsletter - December 2016 Edition

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RCNi Nurse Awards 2017 - open to nominations

The RCNi Nurse Awards are the profession's top accolade for nursing excellence. By entering the 2017 awards you can:-

  • Share your initiative with the wider nursing community
  • Raise the profile of your specialty
  • Gain national recognition
  • Influence nursing practice

The Awards are open to nurses, midwives and health visitors registered to practice in the UK whose primary employment is nursing, student nurses and individuals working in a healthcare support role such as healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners.

Entries can be for an individual nurse or a nursing team for all categories except the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award and the RCN Healthcare Assistant Award, which are open to individuals only. Nurses can enter themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague for all categories except the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award. For this category, student nurses must enter themselves.

Closing date for nominations: 6 January 2017

Further information:

Professor of midwifery awarded national honour

12 August 2016

Cardiff University Midwife, Professor Billie Hunter has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), for her contribution to midwifery and maternity services.

Professor Hunter, a Professor of Midwifery at Cardiff University, has been awarded a RCM Fellowship*. The recognition is for her outstanding contribution to midwifery in areas such as the professional resilience of midwives and midwifery oral history. She received the award last week at the Royal College of Midwives, Zepherina Veitch Memorial Lecture in Leeds. Read more

FoNS Weekly News - 27th July 2016

FoNS Blog

Celebrating the role of the ward sister in contemporary practice by Theresa Shaw, FoNS CEO: Why are ward managers, sisters, charge nurses, community team leaders and care home managers so pivotal in care? Read more …

The Sue Pembrey Award

Please think about nominating yourself or another for the Sue Pembrey Award (closing date 5th August). Nominations are invited to recognise an exemplary nurse leader (such as a ward manager/sister/charge nurse, community team leader or care home manager) who leads care delivery and is an excellent role model, demonstrating a commitment to enabling care (wherever it takes place) that is person-centred, high quality and safe; delivered by a team who feel supported and valued. Visit the FoNS website for more information and the nomination form.

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Cwm Taf UHB Conference 2016 - Invitation to attend

Cwm Taf University Health Board will be hosting its Research and Development Conference in the Conference Centre, Treforest Campus, University of South Wales on November 24th, 2016. 

Community Nursing Research Strategy network members are welcome to attend. 

To book a place at the conference, please contact: Alison Elliott:

International Council of Nurses opens online abstract submission for 2017 ICN Congress

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is pleased to announce the opening of online abstract submission for the ICN 2017 Congress in Barcelona, Spain. With the theme Nurses transforming care, the Congress will take place from 27 May-1 June 2017, hosted by the the Consejo General de Enfermería (CGE). 

Instructions for the submission of abstracts and details on the themes to be addressed can be accessed at ICN invites nurses and others around the world to share their ideas, research and expertise by submitting abstracts for the scientific programme.

The deadline for abstract submission is 10 October 2016.

Further information:

Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) Newsletter - June 2016 Edition

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Research Funding Opportunities listing on RCN website

A comprehensive and regularly updated list of the research funding opportunities on the Royal College of Nursing website:

The Journal of Health Visiting invites you to a series of FREE study days 2016

JHV invites you to a series of free study days, designed to offer concentrated educational updates for health visitors. Taking place in locations across the United Kingdom, each study day will provide key updates in a variety of clinical areas.

To fit around your working day and make these study days more convenient and easy to access, they are now being held in the evening, starting at 6pm. They will include a buffet meal, refreshments and CPD certificate. They will end at 8.30pm.

  • Huntingdon: Marriott Hotel, 8th June - Digestive health
  • Cardiff: Village Hotel, 23rd June - Digestive health
  • Leeds: Village Hotel (South), 6th July - Common allergies
  • Manchester: Castlefield Rooms, 6th October - Complementary feeding
  • Belfast: Hilton Waterfront, 13th October - Digestive health
  • London: TUC Congress Centre, 7th December - Digestive health

Further information:

Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) Newsletter - May 2016 Edition

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Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) Newsletter - April 2016 Edition

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QNI Annual Conference 2016: Healthcare in the Community

Date: Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th September 2016
Venue: Royal College of General Practitioners, London

Day one: Quality Issues in Primary and Community Nursing

Day two: Inspiring Nurses to work in Primary and Community Care

The Queen’s Nursing Institute is delighted to announce its fifth Annual two-day Conference.

Due to high demand in previous years our annual conference will be a two day event for the first time ever. We expect to welcome around 500 delegates from the nursing and wider healthcare field over the two days.  The delegate list includes Commissioners, Directors of Community services, Service Managers, District Nurses team leaders and District Nurse staff.  

The first day is themed around quality issues in primary and community nursing.

The second day is themed around inspiring nurses to work in primary and community care and Lord Willis has been invited to speak. Lord Willis is the author of the 2015 HEE/NMC report on the future of education for Nursing and Care professionals (‘Shape of Caring’ 2015).

To find see a list of speakers please visit

International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research Conference 2016

Event: International Symposium
Theme: Changing populations, changing needs: Directions and models for community orientated primary care
Date: 15-16 September 2016
Venue: University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

The overall aim of the symposium is to explore new models and ways of working for all nurses and other health and social care practitioners within a community orientated primary care context.
We have an exciting programme of international speakers who lead on research and development of innovative models of care.

Full information:

ICN Research Bulletin, No 28, Dec 2015

Available to download here and below.

Judith Carrier presentation at Tackling Long Term Conditions 2015

CNRS Board member, Dr Judith Carrier presented at the Tackling Long Term Conditions conference held 27 October, London. This year's conference theme was 'Working in Partnership to Effect Real Change' and Dr Carrier's talk entitled 'managing Lon-term conditions and chronic illness in primary care' cane be viewed on the conference website and also below.