Second Airedale nurse receives Queen’s Nurse title
A second community nurse from Airedale Hospital has been awarded the title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’ in recognition of her high standards of practice and patient care.
Liz Thwaite from Airton near Malham is Clinical Lead for Community Nursing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and based at Skipton Hospital, and will receive her accolade at a special ceremony in the summer.
The award is given by community nursing charity, The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). It is not an award for past service but is given for a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.
Liz began her career in 1989 as a registered nurse, then qualified as a registered midwife and became a community nurse and midwife in Craven from 1993. In 2001 Liz obtained the Specialist Practitioner District Nurse qualification and in 2007 Advanced Nursing Practice status.
Liz now works as the Clinical Lead for Community Nursing and oversees the district nursing teams within Craven; and the specialist nursing and community advanced practitioner teams that work across Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Liz has also qualified as a Practice Teacher and has facilitated the development and training of the next generation of District Nurses.
Liz says “I have worked within community nursing for 25 years and my enthusiasm and passion for the job has never been greater. I am proud to be a part of the community services team and look forward to continuing to work with the skilled and compassionate community staff who provide nursing for people in their own homes.”
“I feel very proud to call myself a Queen’s Nurse and as such I hope to continue to influence the development of services and support the amazing staff that work for Airedale in continuing to provide safe and effective services for people and their families and carers. I also hope to inspire staff to work within community nursing, which I have found personally very rewarding”.
Liz follows in the footsteps of Trudy Balderson, Head of Community Services, who received her award in August last year.
Jill Asbury, Director of Nursing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says: “We are particularly proud that we now have two nurses who have been given this prestigious title and that our community nursing team leadership are being recognised as a beacon of good practice not only within Airedale NHS Foundation Trust but beyond as well. Liz has been a consistent advocate for the delivery of high quality community based patient and family centred care and has been instrumental in continuously improving the service. It is great to see her being recognised for this work.”
Dr Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the QNI said:
‘On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Liz and welcome her as a Queen’s Nurse. Queen’s Nurses serve as leaders and role models in community nursing, delivering high quality health care across the country. The application and assessment process to become a Queen’s Nurse is rigorous and requires clear commitment to improving care for patients, their families and carers. We look forward to working with Liz and all other new Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.’