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Over 120 nurses handed prestigious title for community workers

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More than a hundred members of the nursing profession have been given the Queen’s nurse title, in recognition of their commitment to patient care in the community.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute Awards Ceremony was held in London on 25 June and attended by over 300 community nurses and their guests.

“I would like to congratulate all the award winners and new Queen’s nurses”

Crystal Oldman

At the event, badges and certificates were handed out to 121 new Queen’s nurses by the actor Stephen McGann, who plays Dr Turner in the BBC drama Call the Midwife.

The new Queen’s nurses – from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – takes the total number of community nursing professionals with the title in those three countries to over 1,300.

Fellowship of the institute was also conferred on leading healthcare figures GP Dr Michael Dixon, wound care nursing expert Ellie Lindsay and Deborah Sturdy, an expert on nursing older people.

In addition, the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service was given to Kim Badcock, Karen Brombley, Karen Clayton, Linda Johnstone and Mary Saunders.

Commenting on her award, Ms Saunders said: “It was a real honour and privilege to be an award winner and wonderful to be recognised by your peers with this award.

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Crystal Oldman

Source: Kate Stanworth

Crystal Oldman addresses the 2018 QNI Awards

“It will be a night I won’t forget and a highlight of my career,” added Ms Saunders, a district nurse and primary care educator who currently works for the QNI as a project manager.

QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman said: “It was an honour to celebrate the achievements of so many nurses gathered together for the QNI Awards ceremony.

“The collective knowledge, experience and passion for nursing represented in the room was a testament to the quality of nursing taking place in the community today,” said Dr Crystal.

She added: “I would like to congratulate all the award winners and new Queen’s nurses, and thank everyone who contributed to the evening, particularly Stephen McGann who spoke passionately about the work of community nurses and his own experience of the care that they have brought to members of his family.”

The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award Outstanding Service Award winners:

  • Kim Badcock, nurse practitioner, Denmead Health Centre, Hampshire
  • Karen Brombley, nurse consultant in children and young adults’ palliative care at Helen and Douglas House, Oxford
  • Karen Clayton, lead lung cancer and palliative care Macmillan nurse, East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • Linda Johnstone, nurse consultant and clinical director for Cheshire East Substance Misuse Service at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mary Saunders, project manager at the Queen’s Nursing Institute

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QNI Awards 2018

Source: Kate Stanworth

Winners of the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award Outstanding Service Award

For details of all the award winners and new Queen’s nurses at the event, see the attached PDF (below)


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