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Fulwood nurse awarded prestigious Queen Nurse award

Posted on - 3rd March, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Preston News, Proud Preston

A social care charity worker from Fulwood has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) for her 28-year nursing career.

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Kathryn Penrith becomes one of only 64 people across Lancashire able to use the title.

The title is awarded annually by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). 

It indicates that the holder shows the highest level of commitment to patient care, learning and leadership.

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Kathryn lives in Fulwood and works as a consultant Admiral Nurse and head of practice development with charity Making Space.

Responsible for supporting Making Space’s nationwide dementia services, Kathryn is also one of only 270 consultant Admiral Nurses across the whole of the UK, working directly with the families of people who are living with dementia.

Kathryn said: “When you become a nurse, you’re part of a family of professionals who want to do the best for people.

“The Queen’s Nurse commitment is to provide the best care to the individuals, carers, families and communities you serve, and this encapsulates perfectly what nursing means to me.

“Being recognised as a Queen’s Nurse and becoming part of such a historic institute is an incredible honour and something I’ve aspired to for many years.

“The title opens up a whole new world of expertise and experience to me. As part of the QNI community, I now have a network of peers across England and Wales with who I can learn from and share experiences with.

“There are so many opportunities to embrace and groups I can take part in – the title takes me into a whole new sphere of nursing.”

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Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, chief executive, QNI, said: “On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Kathryn 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 Kathryn and all the other new Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.”

Rachel Peacock, chief executive at Making Space, said: “Kathryn is a much valued member of our team and we’re delighted she has been recognised with this thoroughly deserved title.

“As a Queen’s Nurse, the knowledge and experience she gains will be shared across the organisation for the benefit of all our nurses, carers and the people we support. Her continued dedication and commitment help us to develop best practice and deliver the very best care.”

Making Space is a national adult health and social care charity providing services across the UK. The charity has been helping adults with care and support needs, and their carers, to lead independent and fulfilling lives for 40 years.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute is a registered charity founded in 1887. The charity believes in the best possible nursing care for people at home and works with nurses and decision makers to ensure that good quality nursing is available to everyone, when they need it.

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