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Nurse First was initially created through a partnership between the Queen's Nursing Institute, Buckinghamshire New University and Johnson & Johnson.

Christine Beasley
"The Nurse First programme will offer a valuable opportunity to develop future leaders and help create innovation within community nursing services. It will also help equip community nurses to work more effectively in developing new and improved services as both providers and commissioners of services"

Dame Christine Beasley, Former Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute
is a registered charity dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in their own homes. They trained district nurses until the 1960s, in a model that was copied across the world. This model of care was instrumental in developing a comprehensive, highly-skilled service in the UK that meets the needs of millions of people every year.
Today they improve nursing in the home by:
i) Developing Queen’s Nurses who are committed to high standards of care in the community, helping them to make improvements in practice and to act as leaders and role models to others
ii) Influencing policies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that affect healthcare in the home and the quality of community nursing services
iii) Funding projects led by community nurses that improve care for their patients

‘The QNI is proud to be a partner in this programme, which builds on the kind of innovation programmes and development workshops that we run for our award winners. This exciting new programme scales-up this learning for nurses and allied health professionals, giving them a chance to reach even more ambitious goals to improve care and re-shape health services.’ - Rosemary Cook CBE, Director, QNI

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Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust
is the Corporate Citizenship Trust of Johnson & Johnson who embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. They have more than 250 operating companies in 60 countries employing 115,000 people. Their worldwide headquarters is in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

Between 2011 and 2014, the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust provided £700,000 of funding to help support the delivery of the first four cohorts of the Nurse First programme. More information can be found in the Trust report

I attended one of the earlier Nurse First residential course dinners where I had to opportunity to meet with and talk to some of the participants on the programme about their current practice and experience on the programme so far. I was really impressed by the passion they showed for their practice and the ideas they had for opportunities to bring about meaningful change – which could help improve systems in their organisation and effectively improve peoples’ lives. Though it was ‘early days’ on the programme during my visit, there was already an electric enthusiasm amongst the participants about the uniqueness and innovative nature of programme and a confidence that it would certainly help develop their skills in enterprise, business and front-line leadership in order to bring long-term benefit to the communities in which they work! - Rhoda Steel, Corporate Social Responsibility, Johnson & Johnson UK

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Bucks New University
has a national reputation for its work in healthcare. As the only publicly-funded higher education institution in Buckinghamshire, they are proud to provide quality, inclusive and relevant higher education that develops and builds the potential of individuals and organisations alike.Within a caring and supportive environment, they deliver high-quality scholarship, as well as focused research and professional practice.

We are committed to working with the very best partners to develop innovation in healthcare practice and to provide opportunities for those with the potential to progress both personally and professionally. The Nurse First programme is a perfect example of this, as it is supporting talented, innovative and enthusiastic community practitioners to drive best practice for the benefit of the communities they serve.
- Crystal Oldman, Dean of Enterprise & Business Development at Bucks New University

Bucks New University has a history of delivering specialist community nursing programmes. The Nurse First partnership allows us to build upon this heritage to help nurses and allied health professionals develop the skills they need to succeed as managers, innovators and leaders. Graduates of the course will have the confidence, knowledge and motivation to find workable solutions to healthcare problems and to bring them to fruition.
- Agnes Fanning, Department Manager for Primary Care and Public Health at Bucks New University