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Community nursing leader receives CBE from Queen

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A leading community nurse received her CBE from the Queen this week recognising both her services to the profession and her work as the head of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Dr Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI community nursing association, was given the award at Buckingham Palace in London on 14 November.

“[This is] great recognition of the vital role community nurses play in delivering health care to people”

Dr Crystal Oldman

The Queen, who is patron of the charity, commented on the important work of the charity, said Dr Oldman.

“I am absolutely honoured to have received the CBE award from the Queen,” she said.

“We spoke about nursing in the community today and the 130th anniversary of the QNI celebrated this year.

“It’s also great recognition of the vital role community nurses play in delivering health care to people and in supporting carers, families and communities everywhere,” added Dr Oldman.

Dr Oldman joined the QNI in November 2012. Previously she worked in the NHS for 18 years, the majority of which was spent in community nursing working with deprived communities in west London.

She also worked in academia for 18 years after joining Buckinghamshire New University as a senior lecturer in 1994.

It was announced in June that Dr Oldman and 20 other nurses, including the chief nursing officer for Wales, had been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s birthday honours list.

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