A nurse from Grimsargh in Lancashire 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.
Carol Carless, a District Nurse who is from Grimsargh and works in Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Longridge District Nursing Team, was given the title for showing high standards of practice and patient-centred care.
Carol has been a nurse since 2004. She is also a guest lecturer at UCLan where she is often invited to speak about her work to trainee nurses.
Carol Carless, Community Specialist Practitioner with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“I am very honoured to be given this title. Specialist Queen’s nurses have been around since 1859 and stretch far and wide across the UK to provide high levels of care for community based patients. This award is a fantastic achievement, not only for myself but also for all the community staff providing outstanding community care everywhere. During my many years as a community nurse I have always continued to expand my own personal development to ensure increased levels of care. Community nursing is a constant, forever developing service that continues to provide the nation’s public with safe, effective healthcare at home”.
Early this year, the Longridge District Nursing Team received the Amazing Care Award at Lancashire Care’s annual Staff Awards in March. The team received the award for their work in providing a first class nursing service and outstanding end of life care for an elderly patient out in the community. The team were recognised for their compassion and responsiveness and for the support they provided to the family during a difficult time.
A Queen’s Nurse is someone who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centred care and Carol’s career demonstrates her dedication to district nursing.
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.
Carol is one of a handful of staff at the Lancashire Care 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.
A ceremony will be held later this year in June in London for the newest Queen’s Nurses where they will be presented with their awards.