Two community nurses at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
Ian Bennett, Head of Nursing, Care Closer to Home at the Trust, and Natasha Bradley, a District Nurse Caseload Manager, received their awards at a ceremony in London.
This title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.
Ian, who recently joined Mid Yorkshire from Leeds Community Health NHS Trust, said: “It was a real honour to be recognised for this award. There is a rigorous process to go through before any nurses can be considered for this title and to get through it is a great achievement for both of us. My job now is to lead the team of community nurses in Mid Yorkshire and make sure we provide the best possible care so we all have the chance to receive this honour.”
Added Natasha: “Hearing the news I had been recognised as a Queen’s Nurse was a brilliant moment for me. Anyone who works in community nursing will know what an honour it is and how hard it is to get through the process. I’m really pleased for myself, Ian and the Trust that our hard work has been recognised in this way.”
David Melia, Acting Chief Nurse at the Trust, commented: “This is great news for two of our nursing staff and I would like to congratulate them on this honour. The Trust prides itself on providing the best care we can and this recognition shows we are doing that in our local communities, supporting patients in their own homes or residential homes to lead a fulfilling and independent life.”
Dr Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the QNI said: “Congratulations are due to Ian and Natasha for their success. Community nurses are expert professionals who make a vital contribution to patient health and wellbeing every day.
“As a national charity the QNI can support them in delivering excellent patient care in their local communities. The Queen’s Nurse title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”