Bridgewater nurses Anne Finney and Fiona Bremner are celebrating after learning they will receive the esteemed Queen’s Nurse Title.
Anne, one of the senior nurses responsible for Wigan’s Integrated Community Services and Fiona, a Clinical Project Manager, will be presented with their Queen’s Nurse badge and certificate on 30 October at The Queen’s Nursing Institute Awards Ceremony at The Royal Garden Hotel in London.
The title of Queen’s Nurse is awarded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) to nurses who demonstrate a commitment to the values of community nursing and to excellent patient care through leading innovative projects.
This year 130 nurses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive the accolade at the ceremony.
Anne from Beech Hill and Fiona from Newtown have 57 years nursing experience between them.
Anne is currently based at Hindley Town Hall and leads Wigan’s Integrated Community Service (ICS) which brings together NHS staff based in the community with Wigan Council and adult social care staff to provide support to patients in their homes.
Anne started her NHS career as a district nurse in 1993 and since then has held a number of senior managerial positions in community nursing across Wigan.
“I feel honoured to become a Queens Nurse. The title will not only help expand my opportunities to meet with and learn from other nursing professionals, but it will enable me to access excellent learning and leadership opportunities so I can lead and develop community nursing to deliver patient-focused care that meets high quality standards.”
Fiona from Newtown trained as a mental health nurse at Winwick Hospital in Warrington in 1985. Since then she has held a number of mental health nursing roles and managed large mental health teams both in hospitals and the community.
She also managed community health services, Bridgewater’s urgent care services and Newton Community Hospital; being responsible for developing these services to improve quality and deliver improved patient experience and care.
“I was delighted to receive this title from an organisation with the reputation of the Queen’s Nursing Institute who promote excellence and high standards and to know that the title is in recognition of commitment to patient care and nursing practice. It inspires me to think about how I could work with other Queen’s Nurses in the area to further empower nurses to drive improvements in community nursing.”
Colin Scales, Chief Executive of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust added:
“I would like to congratulate Anne and Fiona for receiving the Queen’s Nurse Title which has been awarded for their commitment to providing and leading teams to provide the best possible patient-focused care. The achievements made in their careers are inspiring and we are extremely proud to have them working for Bridgewater.”