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Accrington community sister chosen as a Queen’s Nurse

Lisa Murray; The Queen's nurse.Lisa Murray is a Community Sister for Blackburn Road Medical Practice, Abbey Street Surgery, Richmond Medical Practice and King Street Surgery, and has the responsibility of working with patients aged over 75 to enhance their quality of life and keep them out of hospital.

A Queen’s Nurse (QN) is someone who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centred care. The Queens Nursing Institute supports innovation and best practice, in order to improve care for patients.

Lisa said: “I am really proud to be given the opportunity to become a Queen’s Nurse, it’s a great honour.  I’m so pleased that my work which has helped to provide quality patient centred care within the local community has been recognised.”

Lisa, 39, has been a qualified nurse for almost 10 years, undertaking her training at the University of Central Lancashire. She is also an independent prescriber, which means she is qualified to prescribe certain medicines without the need for the patient to see a doctor.

Prior to commencing the role of Over 75 Community Sister in 2014, Lisa worked as a district nurse.  As her clinical interests have always lain in elderly health though, she was instrumental in developing the over 75s nurse role.

The role involves monitoring and managing housebound patients who have complex health needs, within their own home.  She also has the responsibility to review and manage patients aged over 75 who have been discharged from hospital.

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 Lisa on the success of becoming a Queen’s Nurse.  I’m really proud of the dedication and commitment Lisa has shown to her patients. She is a credit to nurses everywhere.”

Lisa is one of only 67 nurses throughout the country chosen to be a Queen’s Nurse this year, making a total of 764.  She will be attending an award ceremony in London in November to receive her QN Badge and certificate.

Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, said: “Congratulations are due to Lisa 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 Queen’s Nurse title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”