Community Nursing Research News

Job Opportunity: Research and Evaluation Officer

07 May 2015

Research and Evaluation Officer (2676) at Macmillan (based in Bridgend and working closely with colleagues in Wales and London)

Closing date: 20 May 2015

Full details available at:

Nursing Research Grants

01 May 2015

Funder: General Nursing Council for England & Wales Trust

Summary: The General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust invites proposals for its nursing research grants. These support research projects related to an aspect of nursing policy, practice or education, with a specific clinical focus on patient safety and patient outcomes drawing on the themes of the patient safety thermometer.

Lead applicants must be registered nurses working in England or Wales and the proposed research must be undertaken in these countries. Collaborations between universities and the NHS, voluntary, public, private or independent sectors are welcomed.

Grants are worth up to £20,000 each. Funding does not support organisational overheads, purchase of equipment or dissemination costs, such as conference attendance and publications.

Closing Date: 12 June 2015 

Web link:

Calling all nurses working in General Practice

28 April 2015

In 2009 the Queen’s Nursing Institute launched its definitive report: 2020 Vision reassessing the future of District Nursing.  This provided the evidence for our strategy to support District Nurses.
Over 1000 community nurses completed a survey to inform the report.

We are aware of the many and diverse challenges faced by nurses working in General Practice and we are now embarking on a major piece of work to look at how we can support you.

We would like to invite all members of the General Practice nursing team to complete the survey which can be accessed via this weblink (closing date 26th June):

This is the start of our information gathering process.
Please also forward this request on to relevant colleagues where applicable. If you have received this email and this message isn’t appropriate for you please forward to your local General Practice nursing team.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey: it is crucial that your views are heard to inform our future priorities and the policy influencing work of the QNI in relation to General Practice Nurses. We greatly value the responses we receive.

The survey is a long one but as a thank you for completing the survey your name will also be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a £25 Marks & Spencer voucher

One again many thanks for your support
Kind regards

Anne Pearson
Director of Programmes

CNC Newsletter: March 2015

The Cochrane Nursing Field Care Newsletter, April 2015 issue now available (pdf).

CNC Newsletter: March 2015

The Cochrane Nursing Field Care Newsletter, March 2015 issue now available (pdf).

EANS Summer School 2015

The 2015 Summer School will take place at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain from 29th June to 10th July.  Please encourage any PhD students in the early part of their studies that you know to apply.  Please find attached an advertisement for the Summer School and an application form.  The application form is also available on the European Academy of Nursing Science website at:

Please note that the deadline for applications to be received is 31st January 2015.

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Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015 - 7 new categories

Organised by Nursing Standard, the UK's best selling nursing journal, the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards highlights and celebrates excellence in nursing. Held annually, the awards identify exceptional nursing professionals who demonstrate clinical excellence and innovation and who through their initiatives and nursing practice improve the quality of patient care. Seven new categories for 2015:-

  • Cancer Nursing Award 
  • Community Nursing Award
  • Defence Nursing Award
  • Enhancing the Experience of Care Award
  • Excellence in Diabetes Specialist Nursing Award
  • Infection Prevention and Control Link Nurse Award
  • Innovations in Respiratory Award

You can enter yourself, your team or a colleague. The closing date for entries is Friday 16th January 2015.

Full details available at:

FoNS Latest News - 3rd December 2014

FoNS Blog

This week Kate Sanders talks about change against a background of workplace ups and downs. Read more:


Safe Staffing, London, 27th January 2015
This conference will focus on delivering safer staffing and implementing the New NICE Guidance on safer staffing in your service, and reviewing staffing using NICE accredited tools. The important issues of skill mix, acuity monitoring, recognising red flag events and escalation will also be discussed through expert sessions and practical NHS Trust case studies.

Nursing Revalidation Masterclass, London,10 February 2015 and 2nd June 2015
These master classes are aimed at nurses across all clinical bandings, for bands 5/6 and will facilitate individual preparation; for bands 7/8 they will additionally enable a training role in their organisation (train the trainer). Key areas to be explored are: appraisal, supervision, evidencing CPD, constructive reflection, and gaining patient/professional feedback.

Discounts are available to Friends and Associates of FoNS. Visit our events page: for more information.

Additional discounts (online booking) for January events:

Effective Nurse Director January 2015) £100 + VAT quoting code HCUK100FoNS or email

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation in Mental <> Health<> (14th Janaury 2015) £250 + VAT quoting code HCUK250FoNS (or email

Support for FoNS

You may be planning on a little internet shopping over the next few weeks. This is a really easy way for you to help FoNS. FoNS is almost entirely dependent on fundraising to support its activities and most of the funding we receive is allocated to our developmental work with nurses. Your donations can help us to devote more time to spreading the great work that nurses do or looking out for more opportunities for nurses.

FoNS is registered with a number of organisations which will donate money to us when you shop on the internet. It doesn’t cost you anything but will benefit FoNS. Read more:

To look at previous weekly news from FoNS, click on the link:

Advancing Healthcare Awards

UK Awards for Allied Health Professionals & Healthcare Scientists & those who work alongside them.

The 2015 Advancing Healthcare Awards are organised by Chamberlain Dunn. These Awards, now in their ninth year, recognise and reward projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives in the healthcare science and allied health professions.

The awards are unique in that they are UK-wide and cover all these professional and specialists groups whose achievements so often go unnoticed.

To download the 2014 compendium, please click here.

Closing date for entries: Monday 26th January 2015.

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FoNS Latest News - 19th November 2014

Also available at:


This week FoNS Chief Executive, Theresa Shaw talks about time – why is there not enough and maybe we should be a little more thoughtful and restrained about what we’re trying to do in a day. If you haven’t read any of our blogs, may I recommend them? They are thoughtful, quirky and always interesting. Also, we welcome your comments and own views on the subjects raised.

The Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship 2015 (supported by Mrs Elizabeth Tompkins)

Full details will be available next week. Please look out for more information if you are interested or know someone who might be. The scholarship offers:

  • Attendance at a 5-day residential international practice development school (13th to 17th April 2015). The scholarship covers course fees, accommodation, food and reasonable travel expenses
  • Twelve months’ bespoke mentorship from FoNS to support an innovation in practice including face-to-face visits, and support via email and telephone
  • The opportunity to work towards publishing a paper in the International Practice Development Journal as a novice writer
  • Honorary FoNS Associate registration for 12 months

Closing date 14th January 2015

IPDJ Vol 4 No 2

Here are a couple of papers from our latest issue that you might find interesting:

The importance of inspiring a shared vision by Jacqueline Martin, Brendan McCormack, Donna Fitzsimons and Rebecca Spirig 

This paper explores the many benefits of developing a shared vision. A shared vision can keep us on track and is motivating, giving us a push to do better. But this paper also points out that the vision needs to be developed, or owned by the whole team, which can be a challenge for the leaders of bigger teams. ‘As a result of working with a vision, participants realised that change is inherent in today’s healthcare arena’ (p 11).

Creating and analysing practitioner comics to develop a meaningful ward manifesto for a new dementia care unit by Muna Al-Jawad and Lucy Frost

Staff on a recently opened unit for people with acute medical problems and dementia realised that an explicit statement of the values, beliefs and attitudes of their new team was required. But they wanted the manifesto to be a collaborative document with real meaning for them all as practitioners. A combination of tea, cake and creativity appears to have empowered the staff team to take an active part in sharing values and shaping the kind of care they want to offer. And the resulting combination of words and pictures is equally thoughtful and delightful.

Nurse Led Clinics and Services

FoNS is attending the Nurse Clinics 2014 event today. In view of this, we have updated our Information and Resources on Nurse-led Clinics and Services and Leadership flyer. It lists reports, IPDJ papers and current projects. For example:

Current projects

PhD opportunity - Developing a weight management toolkit

13 June 2014

  • Are you Interested in weight management or tackling obesity?
  • Are you interested in improving care for pregnant and postnatal women who need support to manage their weight?
  • Are you keen to get more involved in research?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes – have you considered doing a PhD by portfolio?

CNC Newsletter: Jun 2014

The Cochrane Nursing Field Care Newsletter, June 2014 issue now available (pdf).

STRIP 34th Annual Conference: Call for abstracts

Since 1980, every year SRIP has organized an international scientific meeting to exchange research findings, develop research interests and networks and to engage with clinical partners. The society awards bursaries to enable academic students and NHS staff to attend the conference and prizes to junior and esteemed researchers (clinical and academic) in recognition of their work.

Date: Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th September 2014
Venue: The Grand Excelsior in Valletta, Malta

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Ethel Felice, University of Malta
  • Professor Bea Van den Bergh, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Full details available at:

RCN Research and Innovation Bulletin - 25 February 2014

PDF version available to download here.

RCN Research and Innovation Bulletin - 11 February 2014

PDF version available to download here.

Cochrane Nursing Care Field - Newsletter Jan 2014

View the CNC January 2014 Newsletter.

Betsi Cadwaladr Scholarship Foundation Awards 2014

On behalf of the Professor Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer, Welsh Government, the Royal College of Nursing in Wales is administering the Betsi Cadwaladr Scholarship Foundation Awards for 2014. This award will be presented at the CNO Conference on 22 May 2014.
The award is open to Registered Nurses, Midwives and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses working in practice, education, research & development or health care management in Wales. See attached flyer for further details.

Please note completed applications need to be returned to by Friday 21 February 2014.

BJN Awards 2014

20 December 2013

The BJN Awards strive to recognise excellence in care and share knowledge of this excellence therefore raising the profile of those behind innovation and best practice.

Nominations are currently being sought across 14 categories. Please do take the time to look at the categories and nominate anyone you feel deserves to win an award.

They would also be especially grateful if you could spread word of the awards throughout your institutions and networks. The more nominations received, the more knowledge they can share and reward.

Full information, including how to enter, can be found at Nominations close in January, so please do act quickly to ensure your nomination is received.

The award winners are unveiled at a glittering awards dinner in London on March 21st 2014.

ICN Research News Bulletin

December 2013

The International Council of Nurses have published: Research Bulletin No. 26 December 2013 (pdf).

CNO for Wales Annual One Day Conference: Call for Papers

11 December 2013

Conference title: Together for Care
Date / venue: 22nd May 2014, Cardiff City Stadium

The purpose of the conference is to share best practice, learning and innovation. The selected papers will provide a creative programme which can be applied across all fields of practice, clinical and educational environments.

To ALL Nurses, Midwives, Specialist Community Public Health Nurses, Students & Health Care Support Workers. The Welsh Government launched its five year vision for the NHS in Wales in 2011 called “Together for Health”. Nurses, Midwives, Specialist Community practitioners, Students and Healthcare Support Workers are a key group to deliver this vision and the themes of the conference reflect those identified in Together for Health

Deadline for Returns:
7th February 2014
Further information is available from:

King’s College London, Policy +: District nursing – who will care in the future? 

15 November 2013

Despite the well established policy of ‘shifting’ care from hospitals to the community, the overall proportion of nursing staff employed to provide general nursing care to people in their own homes has changed little. Specifically, the number of District Nurses is reported to have decreased by 40% in the last decade. 

In this Policy+, King’s College, London reviews data on the district nursing workforce, looks at the issues to be considered in planning, and asks whether we will have the workforce needed to provide district nursing care in the future. 

Conclusions and implications:
  • A policy of moving care to community settings requires a community nursing workforce that can meet the growing numbers of patients cared for at home, many with complex needs.
  • However, there are concerns as to whether the workforce is sufficient, in terms of overall numbers and skill mix, as the number of DNs expected to retire increases and the number being trained falls.
  • There is a paucity of data on the staffing and skill-mix of district nursing services and a lack of robust mechanisms for workforce planning.

New WSPCR publication: Developing and implementing the Community Nursing Research Strategy for Wales

02 November 2013

Joyce Kenkre, Carolyn Wallace, Robyn Davies, Sue Bale, Sue Thomas
British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 18, Iss. 11, 01 Nov 2013, pp 561 - 566

In order to obtain the best patient outcomes in community nursing, practice needs to be underpinned by robust research-based evidence. This article describes a Community Nursing Research Strategy developed and implemented in Wales to provide the nursing profession with the evidence to support future organisational and professional change in achieving excellence in the community. This was developed in partnership with education, research, health services, workforce planning and Government using consensus methodology (specifically, a nominal group technique). Consequently, the process was inclusive and included three steps: escalating presentation of ideas, topic debate and topic rating. The result was a strategy with four implementation strands, including a virtual network, research portfolio, application to practice and leadership.

A new article of interest has been published in Rural and Remote Health: 'Recruitment and retention of rural nursing students: a retrospective study'

29 October 2013

Rural nursing students have lower acceptance rates, but how do they perform during training? And what about students from isolated rural locations? The authors explore rural and urban origin differences in US nursing school and recommend changes in admission and curricula.

Royal College of Nursing Research Society - Research & Innovation Bulletin

15 October 2013
Download PDF newsletter: Vol 04 Issue 31

Community Nursing Research Masterclass

September 2013

On Friday 13th September, WSPCR will be holding a Community Nursing Research Masterclass at Novotel hotel, Cardiff Centre, Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff.

Attendees will include Jonathan Bisson (Cardiff University), Carole Bell (Hywel Dda), Robyn Davies (WSPCR), Helen Jones (NISCHR), Joyce Kenkre (University of South Wales), Paul Labourne (Powys LHB), Marnel Owen (Betsi Cadwaladr UHB), Mandy Rayani (Cardiff and the Vale), Carol Shillabeer (Powys LHB), Rhiannon Beaumont-Wood (Public Health Wales), Jean White (CNO), Carolyn Wallace (University of South Wales / WSPCR).

For further information and presentations, click here.

Alun Islwyn Giles Award for RCBC PhD student

May 2013

Early Career PhD student, Nesta Roberts, was awarded the Alun Islwyn Giles memorial nursing scholarship at the CNO's Conference on 20th May. Congratulations Nesta!