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Burnley nurses receive Queen’s Nurse Award

Carrie Locker and Lorraine Goldsbrough from the Burnley Specialist Nurse Practitioner team received their Queens Nurse award on the 9th May 2016, at the Queen’s Nursing Institute Spring Awards ceremony in London.

A Queen’s Nurse is someone who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centred care. The Queen’s Nurse Institute supports innovation and best practice, in order to improve care for patients. Queen’s nurses are recognised as nursing leaders and champions of excellence in practice.

The title is given to individual nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice. The award is for community nurses who promote the highest standards of patient care. The award also offers recipients the chance to spread their good practice as it opens doors for them to be involved in developing and influencing national policy and practice in nursing.

Lorraine Goldsbrough has been a nurse for 36 years and was employed by Green Dreams Project as a Specialist Nurse Practitioner for Burnley GP’s in April 2015. She is also a founder of Kids in Kailahun, a charity for children in the Kailahun District of Sierra Leone, West Africa who have been orphaned through war or disease.

Lorraine said: “My career as a nurse has been very rewarding. I enjoy helping patients to improve their health and wellbeing. I always strive to put the patient at the centre of their care. The role of advanced nurse practitioner is challenging in nursing and care homes in Burnley. However with the support of all the GPs, practice staff and care home managers, I believe the Green Dreams team are able to provide a high quality service to all the residents”.

Carrie Locker has been a nurse for 15 years and has spent 11 of these years in the community. She has also worked as a commissioner, at the Primary Care Trust, a practice sister and district nurse. She also works out of hours for ELMS as an advanced nurse practitioner as required.

Carrie has been visiting care homes to support them as an advanced nurse practitioner for the last two years and has spent the last eight months of this with the well-known Green Dreams Project for Burnley care homes, which is helping to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, and contributing to improving care and quality within the care homes that she has visited.

Carrie said: “I feel honoured to be chosen for a Queens Nurse award. I was particularly touched that this honour was as a result of being recommended by two of my patients. The queens nurse award is given for leadership, innovation and commitment to high standards in community care. The joint project between East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and Green Dreams was sighted as an innovative and successful project as a result of patient, carer and clinician feedback.

We go into all care homes within Burnley and do daily ‘ward rounds’, there are 6 fellow nurse practitioners within the team. We are able to assess acutely unwell residents, diagnose, treat, and prescribe within the homes. We are able to request further tests or refer into secondary care as appropriate.”

Jackie Hanson, Direc­tor of Qual­ity, and Chief Nurse at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “On behalf of the CCG, I’d like to congratulate Carrie and Lorraine on their successful nominations as Queen’s Nurses. This prestigious award is testament to their dedication and commitment, and they are a credit to the nursing profession.”

Nationally, 126 new Queen’s Nurses were chosen this year and were presented with their badges and certificates by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer in England.