An NHS case manager is the latest to be honoured with a Queen’s Nurse title.
Claire Walpole, who is based at the Long Sutton Medical Centre, has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
The title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of learning, leadership and patient care.
“I was nominated by a patient for the title because she was really pleased with the care that I give. I was really overwhelmed,” said Claire.
She added: “My hope through the title is to continue to develop the profile of my fantastic team who work incredibly hard. The Queen’s Nurse title is very much about improving standards of care and leadership which is what I intend to do.”
Clarie’s NHS career began 18 years ago when she completed her nurse training at Peterborough Hospital in 1997. She left the hospital for community nursing in 2005 and became a case manager in 2009.
Her current position sees her leading nine members of staff, palliative care and dealing with complex visits.
Claire said: “I really do love my job. It’s so rewarding and to receive this recognition for simply doing my job makes me feel quite overwhelmed. My children told me how proud of me they are, which means so much to me when they see me working so hard.”
There are now 16 Queen’s Nurses within Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.
Sue Cousland, chief nurse and director of operations at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “We are very proud of the growing team of Queen’s Nurses at Lincolnshire Community Health Services, who are being rightly recognised for the positive contributions they continue to make, to ensure patients receive the best care possible.
“As an organisation, we feel privileged to be closely involved with the Queen’s Nursing Institute Network and fully support the future development of our nurses and leaders. I would like to offer our congratulations to Claire for her achievements.”