A leading nurse in Salford has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
Tara McGinley, who is an Advanced Nursing Practitioner and the Professional Lead for Nursing in Salford, was presented the award at a ceremony in London on 27 June.
The title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’ is available to individual nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice.
All nurses, health visitors and midwives with five years’ experience of working in the community are eligible to apply.
Nurse managers, General Practice Nurses, specialists and educators are also eligible for the title.
Membership of the Queen’s Nursing Institute gives nurses access to training development programmes and networking opportunities.
Tara said: “I am delighted to have been awarded the title and am excited at the possible opportunities to further my knowledge and skills with the support of the Institute and other Queen’s nurses.
“I understand there are currently only 10 mental health Queen’s nurses, so it will great to raise the importance of mental health care within integrated care pathways in the community.
“I am especially proud that testimonies from patients I work with formed part of the application process and would like to thank all who supported me.”
Gill Green, Director of Nursing and Governance, added: “I’m delighted to learn that Tara has been successful in her application.
“We look forward to benefitting from the learning opportunities this position gives Tara and seeing her develop her professional skills by networking with community nurses who share common values.”