Lisa Cottrell, a community advanced nurse practitioner for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
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.
Lisa works as an advanced nurse practitioner in the Ribblesdale locality, based at Clitheroe Health Centre, providing care and support for more than 300 care home patients, primary care and care home staff. Her role involves proactively managing patients with long-term conditions to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.
She also works alongside families, district nurses and the general practice teams to deliver high standards of palliative and end of life care
Lisa, who lives in Oswald-twistle, became a nurse in 1995 and since then has worked both in a hospital setting, at Pendleside Hospice, and as a community matron.
“Nursing for me is a passion and I am very lucky to have a job which I enjoy and enables me to help others on a day-to-day basis,” said Lisa.
“Being afforded the title of Queen’s Nurse is a privilege and I will continue to work hard to raise the profile of community nursing and, most importantly, continue to deliver excellent standards of patient care on a daily basis.”
Later in the year, Lisa will be travelling to London where she and two community nurse colleagues will be awarded the title at the charity’s awards ceremony, held at the Commonwealth Club.
Val Sibson, Deputy Chief Nurse, said: “I would like to congratulate Lisa on her success in being awarded this title.
“I am fully aware of the commitment and dedication Lisa has made in her nursing career within our organisation. We deeply value the qualities of clinical nurse leaders within the community division and are very proud to have a Queen’s Nurse among our staff.”
Queen’s Nursing Institute director Crystal Oldman added: “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.”