Two Fife nurses are among a group of 24 extraordinary community nurses and midwives to have been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse.

Leanne Patrick, Gender Based Violence Nurse Specialist and Kerys Russell, Upper GI Cancer Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist were selected earlier this year to take part in a nine-month development programme run by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS).

After completing the programme successfully, they were awarded the Queen’s Nurse title along with 23 other community nurses and midwives at a ceremony staged on Friday (24 November) evening at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh.

Nurses are selected by employer nomination and subsequent panel interviews for their clinical expertise and compassionate care.

The programme requires them to choose an issue for development which will have a significant impact on those they care for, so that the learning during the nine months is applied in practice. 

There is an expectation that this work will have a focus on promoting equity and inclusion.

Community nurses and midwives provide a wide range of support to the people in their communities including complex care for older people, support for substance misuse and advocacy for people with learning disabilities.

Those working in community mental health, district nursing, school nursing, care home nursing and health visiting are also part of this vital group of health professionals.

Clare Cable, QNIS Chief Executive and Nurse Director, said: “These 24 exceptional individuals can be deservedly proud of being awarded this prestigious title.

“From the late 1880s, Queen’s Nurses were social reformers who were taking public health into people’s homes to help families take better care of themselves. The modern Queen’s Nurses are building on this proud heritage – sharing this pioneering spirit to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities of Scotland.

“Their roles vary, from bringing care to those who have experienced significant adversity to supporting people in mental distress or end of life care. 

“They represent the geography of Scotland, from rural communities and small islands to concentrated areas within the big cities, but they all demonstrate nursing and midwifery excellence which makes a real difference to the lives of the people they work with."

More News

New GP contractors appointed to run Park Road Medical Practice

New GP contractors appointed to run Park Road Medical Practice

18 April 2024
New GP contractors appointed to run Park Road Medical Practice
Integration Joint Board sets budget for 2024-25

Integration Joint Board sets budget for 2024-25

04 April 2024
Integration Joint Board sets budget for 2024-25
Do you work in social care or social work? Registration is changing on 3 June 2024.

Do you work in social care or social work? Registration is changing on 3 June 2024.

28 March 2024
Do you work in social care or social work? Registration is changing on 3 June 2024.