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The Queen’s Nursing Institute is a registered charity dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in the home and community. In the last 12 months, we have helped over 100 community nurses with our financial assistance programme. We feel that we could be helping many more. Please do read on to see if we can help you in the future or maybe we could help one of your colleagues right now.

Financial Assistance

We offer financial assistance to General Practice Nurses, community nurses, health visitors and care home nurses that are facing financial hardship, maybe from facing a life-changing event, illness or a loss in income. Sometimes we get feedback that people didn’t know they could apply or felt embarrassed about asking for help. That’s what we are here for, and we always try to help where we can. Financial stress can be hard for everyone but especially difficult if trying to recover from an illness or facing other life challenges. There is such a variety of applicants and rarely are two applications the same, and we consider each application individually.

Find more about financial help we can offer, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Covid-19 Grant

In 2021, we received additional funding from the charity CHSA specifically to help nurses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been able to award additional grants to support some that have been affected by covid: some have had long covid and are still not back to working their usual shifts and we have been able to offer them some financial support. Some people had their work patterns affected, a few because they were bank staff, some had to self-isolate or became pregnant, or lost their childcare provision. More recently, some nurses have been affected by the loss of Universal Credit and we have been able to assist with single grants.

Have you been affected by Covid-19? Please contact to find out more about this grant.

Universal Credit Grant

In early October, the £20 a week increase to Universal Credit that was bought in to support those on low incomes during the pandemic was withdrawn. With the generous grant by CHSA (Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal) to support nurses during the pandemic, we are able to use part of this grant to help those nurses who will be affected by losing this benefit.

Single grants of £250 may be awarded to those who meet the criteria and who find themselves in financial difficulties due to the removal of this uplift in Universal Credit.

To apply for this grant, please contact

Talk To Us – the QNI’s Listening Service

If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed or just need a non-judgemental, empathic ear, please remember our #TalkToUs free listening service, staffed by trained listeners (who are community nurses themselves).

To book your call, go to


Find out more about the Queen’s Nursing Institute and what we do.


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