These dedicated community nurses have received one of the profession’s highest honours.
The six, who work for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
The honour is only given to a small number of community nurses a year in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their quality of practice and attention to client and patient care.
Five of the nurses, Lynne McKinnon, Claire MacGregor, Diane Whatmough, Nicola Ashton-Walker and Helen Newton, come from one team – the Blackpool Family Nurse Partnership. The sixth, Joanne Braithwaite, is a team leader for the community health monitoring team and heads the Garstang district nurses.
Lynne MacKinnon, family nurse supervisor from the Blackpool team, said: “It is the first time a whole team has been awarded this title and we are all very proud of that.
“The chief nursing officer for England, Jane Cummings, gave us a special mention on the day of the awards to praise us for our team work and it was an honour to get recognition on a national stage from someone as influential as her in the profession.
“We provide support to young first-time mothers throughout pregnancy and until their child is two, with issues such as relationships, education and employment and most importantly attachment, bonding and relationship building with their babies.” Joanne added: “I feel really privileged to have received this award.
“I have always been passionate about being a district nurse and giving people the opportunity to receive their healthcare in their own homes whenever possible.
“I work with a great team of people.”