A Lancashire nurse who works for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse for making a huge difference to patients and staff in the delivery of patient-centred community care.
Kathryn Woods, Lead Nurse in Lancashire Care’s Central and West Care Group, began working as a District Nurse over 21 years ago in 1997. She was recently awarded the title 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. Kathryn has consistently demonstrated her dedication in her drive to support teams to deliver high quality care in the right place, every time.
Kathryn Woods, Lead Nurse at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, who is from Euxton, Lancashire said:
“It is an honour to have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse. It makes me proud to know my contributions make a real difference to people’s lives. I hope gaining this award will promote recognition of the positive contribution that our community nurses make toward enhancing the quality of health and life of the people they care for and support. The nurses I work with are dedicated to providing excellent care to the people of Lancashire and work together to continually develop new and innovative ways to ensure people receive the highest quality of care.”
Michaela Toms, Head of Nursing in Lancashire Care’s Community and Wellbeing Network, said:
“Kathryn is an asset to our Trust and consistently ensures our nursing staff have the correct skills, knowledge and competence. She is also committed to support the Network to work differently, safely and more efficiently. As a Trust we are very lucky to have such a caring, compassionate, respected community nurse leader in Lancashire Care.”
The Queen’s Nurse 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.
A ceremony will be held later this year in London for the newest Queen’s Nurses where they will be presented with their awards.