02 May 2013

For Queen and community

Queens_Nurse250AWP nurse Stuart Hayward has received the title of Queen's Nurse at a ceremony in London.

He was among the 200 people who gathered at the Millennium Hotel in London recently for what is becoming one of the major events in the nursing calendar.

The Queen's Nursing Institute's Spring Awards Ceremony honoured four nurses with its Outstanding Service Award. Certificates of achievement were also presented to eight project teams who have completed the year-long Fund for Innovation and Leadership programme.

Fifty-seven community nurses received the Queen's Nurse title, bringing the total number of Queen's Nurses to over 400. Among that select group was AWP's own Stuart Hayward.

The title of Queen's Nurse indicates a commitment to the values of community nursing, to excellent patient care, and to a continuous process of learning and leadership. Locally, they are leading improvement projects and redesigning services to improve care for patients.

Nationally, they have been in demand from a number of organisations including the Department of Health, for their expertise in and commitment to community nursing.

"I haven't had time to realise the full potential of this honour and title," said Stuart, returning to his 'day' job working with the South West Veterans' Mental Health Service.

"I'm really proud to have my dedication, skills and knowledge recognised by an organisation with national influence. I hope to be able to use the connection to promote the work of community mental health nursing."

For more information on the QNI, please visit www.qni.org.uk.

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