A nurse who has played a key role in the success of an innovative NHS programme to train and support staff at care homes in Northern Devon has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.
The right to use the title, which reflects a commitment to the values of community nursing, is given by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
“It’s very satisfying to know that our work in Northern Devon is being recognised on a national level”
Sarah Winfield-Davies is a safeguarding adult nurse and nurse educator in the Northern Devon care homes team.
The team provides free training and support to around 50 independent providers to improve the safety and quality of care for residents and enhance collaborative working between organisations.
As part of the safeguarding process, Ms Winfield-Davies identifies areas of practice that could be improved and works with care home managers to set up relevant training.
After the safeguarding process is complete, she provides ongoing support and monitoring to the care homes.
When not involved in safeguarding inquiries, Ms Winfield-Davies supports care homes in other ways and works with Devon County Council to instigate wider improvements and share good practice.
The team has helped to improve patient experience and health outcomes for care home residents since it was set up in 2012, said Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
The number of emergency admissions from care homes has declined, the amount of safeguarding investigations has fallen significantly and staff’s knowledge of various conditions has increased markedly following training, according to the trust.
Ms Winfield-Davies promoted the team’s work at the QNI’s annual Healthcare at Home conference at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London, via a poster presentation.
She said: “It is a great honour to become a Queen’s Nurse and it’s very satisfying to know that our work in Northern Devon is being recognised on a national level.”