At an awards ceremony in London last week, two primary care nurses in Doncaster received the prestigious Queens Nurse (QN) Institute award, taking Doncaster’s total to nine. Across the South Yorkshire region, a total of 19 nurses* have received the award.
Lisa Scott, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at the Scott Practice and Emma Smith, Proactive Care Coordinator, South West Locality received the award for their commitment to providing high levels of patient care and nursing practice.
The title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Nurses that hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.
Lisa has worked as a nurse in the community for almost 20 years. She has been a health visitor and worked in a number of different practices in Doncaster as an advanced nurse practitioner. Over that extensive period of time, Lisa has built up skill, knowledge expertise and demonstrates a real passion for improving patient care, always thinking out of the box.
Lisa’s belief is that caring for people at home and in the community is fundamentally different from caring for patients in hospital.
Lisa said: “I feel honoured to have received the Queens Nurse title and pleased that my commitment to improving patient care, advocacy for patients, families and carers as well as my commitment to learning and development has been recognised in this way.
“I am looking forward to working with fellow Queens Nurses both in Doncaster and the rest of the country and will wholeheartedly continue to champion the importance of nursing in the community. Nursing has always been a passion of mine and will always remain at the centre of my heart.”
Emma manages a team of community nurses in the proactive care coordinator role within a care network, made up of eight GP surgeries. She acts as a direct contact for the most complex two percent of patients within her practice population, delivering proactive coordinated care to patients in the community setting.
In her extensive community nursing career, Emma received the Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize as a result of her energy, enthusiasm and passion for district nursing. Emma prides herself on providing holistic, personalised care for her patients, focussing on a health confidence, acknowledging patient preference and is providing the best possible care.
Emma regularly sees patients that are housebound, often with distant family and a poor network of support. In her GP practice community, several patients are social isolated, which ultimately has an impact on patient’s physical and mental health. Emma and her team conducted a thorough health needs assessment which identified that elderly mental ill health is largely overlooked in general practice, remaining focused on ways to avoid isolation, improve mental wellbeing and enhance the quality of life for elderly housebound patients on her caseload.
Emma added: “I was delighted to attend the awards ceremony in London last week. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other like-minded nurses, each with a clear commitment and sense of pride for community and district nursing.
“Receiving the Queens Nurse title is a significant milestone for me and opens a whole new chapter in my career. To receive such a prestigious award for my work is overwhelming and I would encourage all community and district nurses to think about what they do and how it aligns with the requirements of becoming a Queens Nurse and joining this invaluable national network.”
Earlier this year, both Lisa and Emma were nominated and awarded at Doncaster’s primary care nursing awards ceremony which took place in March 2019.
Lisa scooped the mentor and preceptor award and was nominated by her colleagues for her helpful, hardworking and approachable manner, going above and beyond to help anyone and providing a supportive environment to the nursing team.
Emma was also part of a dedicated team that won the innovation award at Doncaster’s local awards ceremony. The award recognised creativity and enthusiasm for new ways of working. The South West team innovatively deliver proactive care to patients, enabling them to look after themselves and understand their own health needs better. They have done this by working across traditional practice boundaries to deliver seamless care, reducing duplication and working closely with other providers.
Lisa, Emma and the South West team were also finalists at the NHS England and NHS Improvement north region awards ceremony.
Zara Head, Lead Nurse for Primary Care Quality, Doncaster CCG said: “As a Queens Nurse myself, I know what a huge honour it is to receive the title and receive recognition of your work.
“There are so many nurses working in the community across Doncaster that could equally receive this important award to recognise their skills, knowledge and commitment to providing world class care.
“My husband is also a Queens Nurse; we were the first married couple to both receive an award. I would encourage all nurses and midwives working in the heart of local communities in Doncaster to find out more and apply. It would be fantastic if we could double our number of new Queens Nurses at next year’s ceremony!”
Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the QNI said: “On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Lisa and Emma and welcome them both as a Queen’s Nurse.
“Queen’s Nurses serve as leaders and role models in community nursing, delivering high quality health care across the country. The application and assessment process to become a Queen’s Nurse is rigorous and requires clear commitment to improving care for patients, their families and carers.”
All nurses, health visitors and midwives with five years’ experience of working in the community are eligible to apply. Nurse managers, General Practice Nurses, specialists and educators are also eligible. Further information about how to apply is available at https://www.qni.org.uk