Sue Capstick, Service Manager for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) Service is one of the first sexual health nurses in the country to be given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
A Queen’s Nurse is someone who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centred care and Sue’s career demonstrates her dedication to the field of sexual health nursing. She began her nursing career in 1980 and has worked as a sexual health nurse for over 30 years. In that time she has worked in Africa developing sexual health and HIV programmes as well as being a member of a sexual health nursing advisory panel at the Department of Health, developing the competencies required to work in this speciality. For the past few years Sue has been leading a piece of work in Blackburn which is focused on providing information to women about the various contraception methods available to make informed choices and as a result avoid unwanted pregnancies.
“It was an honour to find out I had been awarded the title of a Queen’s Nurse. The CaSH service is committed to providing excellent care to the people in Lancashire. The team work together to continually develop new and innovative ways to ensure people receive the highest quality of care. I am proud to be part of such a dedicated and compassionate team and look forward to continuing to improve the sexual health for people in the future.”
The title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.
Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the QNI said:
“Congratulations are due to Sue for her success. Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can. The QN title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”
Sue is the third member of staff at the Trust to be awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse. Staff are supported and encouraged to pursue development opportunities as well as utilising innovative ways of working to provide high quality care for service users to ensure a great outcome. This forms part of the Trust’s Five Year Plan which is part of the overall vision of providing 21st century healthcare with wellbeing at its heart.
A ceremony will be held later this year in London for the newest Queen’s Nurses where they will be presented with their awards.
For more information about the CaSH services available in your area please visit www.cashlancashire.nhs.uk or call their single point of access number on 01772 401140.