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July 2019

Unique achievement for two practice nurses

Two nurses from the same practice have – uniquely – been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.

Tricia Vickers, Practice Manager at Grosvenor Medical Centre and Practice Nurse Quality Lead for South Cheshire CCG and Zoe Ahearne, Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Grosvenor Medical Centre were given their title by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) at an awards ceremony last month.

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.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the QNI said: ‘On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate both Tricia and Zoe and welcome them as Queen’s Nurses. 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 both Tricia and Zoe and all other new Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.’

Tricia said: ‘This award is really special to us both. Having worked together at the same surgery for many years this is seen as not only an individual achievement but also a testament to the wider nursing team at Grosvenor who demonstrate high standards of patient care every day.

‘We both feel extremely honoured and proud to have been awarded the Queen’s Nurse title and wish to use this opportunity to inspire more nurses in primary care to put themselves forward for this title in recognition of the excellent care and leadership demonstrated by general practice nurses and advanced nurse practitioners in the community.’