Sue Grave, a student District Nurse from Cheshire, has been awarded the first scholarship in homeless health and inclusion by The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and The Guild of Nurses.
Ms Grave will receive a grant to study the new Homeless and Inclusion Health Module at University College, London.
‘We are delighted to be able to enable Sue to undertake this new course, which will be of enormous benefit to her professional development and to patient care,’ said Joanne Moorby, the QNI’s Grants Manager. The nature of the course is particularly relevant, given that the QNI has a long track record of supporting nurses who work with vulnerable people, through its Homeless Health Programme.’
The Homeless and Inclusion Health module at University College, London, is the first of its kind in the world, offering opportunities for multi-disciplinary and integrated working. It is a part-time seven-week course commencing in April 2019.
‘The Guild of Nurses, through our charitable Trust, is delighted to work with the QNI to support this specialist area of nursing that does such valuable work and often struggles to get the recognition it deserves,’ said Brenda Griffiths, Past Foundation Master of the Guild of Nurses and Chair of the Company of Nurses Charitable Trust.
‘Many congratulations to Sue Grave who will now be able to develop her professional practice for the benefit of the community she serves’.
The QNI has extensively worked to improve the nursing care provided to patients experiencing homelessness. The organisation recently released a report based on the views of 206 homeless health nurses working across the UK, discussing the changes needed to reduce, prevent and eliminate homelessness, and tackle the associated burden of disease.