The great great-grandson of the founder of district nursing has been honoured with a special award for his service to community nurses.
William Rathbone was awarded a ‘Gold Badge’ by the Queen’s Nursing Institute last week at a ceremony in London. The badge is awarded for ‘conspicuous and distinguished service’ to the QNI, and has previously been given to only a handful of recipients.
Mr Rathbone is a direct descendent of his namesake William Rathbone VI, who is credited with founding district nursing with the help of Florence Nightingale.
QNI chair Rosalynde Lowe said: ‘Bill has been on the Council of the Institute for 35 years, and he continues to give wise counsel on all aspects of the QNI’s work.
‘We very much value the unbroken link with the Rathbone family, especially in this 150th anniversary year for district nursing. His conspicuous and continuous service has been an inspiration,’ she said.
Four leading figures in primary care were also made fellows of the institute at the ceremony. These are the government’s primary care tsar Dr David Colin-Thome, nurse-led practice pioneer Teresa Kearney, child protection champion Dame Donna Kinnair and independent healthcare consultant Professor Jane Salvage, former editor in chief of Nursing Times and currently joint lead of the Support Office for the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery.
Additionally 13 nurses were inducted as Queen’s Nurses and five community nurses received the QNI’s Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service.
|Queen Mother Award recipients:|
Susan Adams, matron at Uckfield Community Hospital
Sylvia Foster, district nursing sister from Lisburn Health Centre in Northern Ireland
Teresa Neate, a practice educator and senior district nurse from Cardiff
Susan Poppit, district nursing sister for Dorset PCT
Elizabeth Wilkinson, a multiple sclerosis nurse specialist at Central Surrey Health
|New Queen’s Nurses:|
Heather Armstrong, a general practice nurse, from Wendover, Buckinghamshire
Sharin Baldwin, modern matron for health visiting and school nursing, from Haringey, London
Amanda Davies, a health visitor from the Isle of Man
Margaret Grady, a community matron from Warrington
Sue Greenwood, a specialist community public health nurse from Redruth in Cornwall
Tracy Hall, a community matron from Stoke on Trent
Julie Ann Hughes, a district nursing team leader from Lichfield in Staffordshire
Gillian Peck, a specialist nurse for diabetes, from Nottingham
Melanie Rogers, an advanced nurse practitioner in general practice, from Leeds
Anne Smith, a specialist practitioner lecturer, from Reading
Ann Sweeney, a school nurse from Woking in Surrey
Margaret Swindlehurst, practice development facilitator for community nursing, from the Isle of Man
Shirley Willis, a district nurse team leader from Glamorgan