Nine projects will benefit from the Queen's Nursing Institute's Fund for Innovation and Leadership in 2012, it has been revealed.

The fund is designed to directly improve patient care delivered by nurses and health professionals. Each project will receive up to £5,000, with project leaders also being able to attend workshops throughout the year.

The nine projects to benefit are:

  • Nurse-led hepatitis B clinic in the community, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Managing type 1 diabetes through the transition years, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Health champions for the homeless, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Palliative wellbeing programme, Powys Teaching Health Board
  • PROMPT (Pressure ulcer project), North Somerset Community Partnership CIC
  • Increasing uptake of childhood immunisation within the Orthodox Jewish community, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Water for well-being, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust - Solihull Community Services
  • Cessation of enteral feeding and re-introduction of oral feeding, Shropshire Community NHS Trust
  • Smartphone application to help young people access local sexual health support, Shropshire Community Health Care Trust.

Anne Pearson, QNI practice development manager, said: "Each project is the idea of a nurse or group of nurses, inspired by their own experiences of delivering patient care in the community, and how they think it could be improved. Our programme brings these nurses together to share ideas and to give them advice and support in bringing their ideas to fruition.

"Each project benefits from regular workshops on specific themes, such as planning, setting targets and measuring outcomes. Projects are evaluated and learning shared at conferences and in written articles. In this way the expertise of a few nurses can be shared far more widely, improving patient care in the future."

We are delighted that a number of Queen's Nurses will be making presentations at the forthcoming JFHC Live event, with sessions being chaired by QNI president Rosemary Cook CBE. For more information, visit the JFHC Live event page.

Posted by Robert Mair on 8/2/2012