Margaret Clarke, professional lead for school nursing in Leicestershire has been made a Queen’s Nurse for her outstanding contribution to local and national school nursing practice.
Ms Clarke, who works for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, leads the school nursing service across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
“I am proud to have Maggie working for my service as she promotes school nursing with a real passion”
She is credited with leading the development of new and innovative ways of working including an award-winning text messaging system for young people and trialling a virtual clinic using Skype to enable children in very rural settings to talk to a school nurse.
She also influences school nursing nationally and is involved in the WeSchoolNurses Twitter community.
As a Queen’s Nurse, she will link into a national network and a regional group for local learning and development.
Ms Clarke said she felt “honoured” at being given the title by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, the community nursing charity.
“I believe this role will further enable me to raise the standards of care given to local children and young people and to influence the development of national school nursing practice,” she said.
“I feel that this support will enable me to continue to introduce innovative ways of working in our community and neighbourhoods to improve the health and wellbeing of our children and young people,” she added.
Chris Buzzard, service manager for health visiting and school nursing at Leicestershire Partnership, said: “I am proud to have Maggie working for my service as she promotes school nursing with a real passion.
“She upholds the highest standards with real determination and innovation whilst making school nursing as accessible as possible to local children and young people.”