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The William Rathbone X Award Ceremony

The William Rathbone X Award Ceremony

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May 10 2024 16:00 - 20:00


The William Rathbone X Annual Award for Excellence in the Executive Nurse Leadership of Community Nursing Services

The QNI recognises the necessity of excellent leadership at a strategic level in the delivery of nursing care in the community. For this reason, we have created The William Rathbone X Annual Award for Excellence in the Executive Nurse Leadership of Community Nursing Services. The Award is named in memory of an outstanding former member of the QNI’s Council and has been generously funded by his family. 

The Lecture will be given by Michelle Cox, Race Equality Consultant. Michelle has 30 years’ experience in the NHS, and 26 years as a registered nurse. Michelle has a particular interest in health inequalities. As a black nurse she has shone a light on issues affecting not just black communities and ethnic minorities, in her hometown of Liverpool, but has led on a number of national programs to elevate understandings around Equality Diversity and Inclusion ensuring that challenges are addressed, and learning embedded throughout NHS organisations.

Michelle is more than passionate about challenging discrimination and injustices and has often used her platform as a nurse. Until recently she was the Chair of Steve Biko Housing Association ensuring that the elderly and vulnerable in the local community have access to quality affordable homes free from race discrimination. It came as no surprise to hear of Michelle’s landmark win at an Employment Tribunal, February 2023, taking on her employer for race discrimination, harassment, victimisation, and detriments for whistleblowing. A fight she describes as a win for all global majority staff in the NHS experiencing discrimination.

Michelle’s lecture is entitled, ‘Healing the Scars: Community Nursing in Liverpool amidst the Legacy of Slavery and Discrimination’.

The Award gives national recognition of the impact of strategic nursing leadership in the delivery of excellent community nursing services. Further information about the award - including the nominees for 2024 - can be found on our website.

Registration: 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Lecture and presentation of award: 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Canapes and networking: 6.30pm - 8.00pm


The Queen’s Nursing Institute is a registered charity dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in the home and community. We promote excellent nursing care for everyone, where and when they need it.


Keyworth Event Theatre, London Southbank University, London


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