A nurse from Darwen 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.
Cheryl Forrest who is Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Lead Nurse for the Pennine division, has been given the title for showing high standards of practice and patient-centred care.
Blackburn-born Cheryl, who now lives in Darwen, has been a nurse since 1990, starting off as a staff nurse in Manchester and then moving on to the intensive care wards in Blackburn. During a career that spans nearly 30 years, Cheryl has worked as a worked as a Health Visitor and Practice Teacher in Blackburn, a Team Leader in Burnley, Service Manager and now a Lead Nurse.
Cheryl Forrest, Lead Nurse in the Community Wellbeing Network’s Pennine Division at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“It was an honour to find out I had been successful in my application to become a Queens Nurse. Nursing is my passion and person centred high quality care is what nursing is all about. I feel an absolute honour to be recognised for my continuing commitment to improving standards of care in the community and to learning and leadership.. I’m now looking forward to go to London to officially receive the title and continue on with the great work that we do in supporting people.”
A Queen’s Nurse is someone who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centred care and Cheryl’s career demonstrates her dedication to community 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.
Cheryl 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.