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Health visiting academic named Queen’s Nurse

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Wendy Wigley has been made a Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Ms Wigley, a specialist in community public health nursing, has been at the University of Southampton for eight years and leads its programme in public health practice.

A highly experience nurse who has worked in paediatrics, neonatal intensive care, and accident and emergency, she ultimately specialised in health visiting before becoming a practice teacher – latterly for the Sure Start Local Programme.

Ms Wigley said she was “delighted to be given such a distinguished award”.

University of Southampton

Wendy Wigley

She added: “We should all be doing more to ensure the standards of nursing develop and improve… focusing upon service integration in the community and the transition between the client’s home and the hospital settings.”

QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: “Congratulations are due to Wendy for her success.

“Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can.”

Dr Wigley will receive her Queen’s Nurse award at a ceremony in November.

The title is open to community nurses with more than three years’ experience.

Managers and patients provide feedback about applicants, which is assessed along with their application. Visit the QNI website for more information about how to apply.

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