Joanne is now a Queen’s Nurse

Joanne Braithwaite
Joanne Braithwaite

Garstang nurse Joanne Braithwaite is among six dedicated community nurses celebrating after receiving one of the profession’s highest honours.

The six, who all work for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have been given the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The honour is only given to a small number of community nurses a year in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their quality of practice and attention to client and patient care.

Joanne Braithwaite is a team leader for the Community Health Monitoring Team and heads the Garstang district nurses team.

The other five come from the Blackpool Family Nurse Partnership.

Lynne MacKinnon, family nurse supervisor for the Blackpool team, said: “It is the first time a whole team has been awarded this title and we are all very proud of that fact.

“The Chief Nursing Officer for England, Jane Cummings, gave us a special mention on the day of the awards to praise us for our team work and it was an honour to get recognition on a national stage from someone as influential as her in the profession.

“We are a small but very dedicated and experienced team that is supported by a great administrator.

“We have been together for five years and provide an intensive, evidence based, structured home visiting service and we all do our best to make sure our clients get the best service.”

Joanne added: “I feel really privileged to have received this award. I have always been passionate about being a district nurse and giving people the opportunity to receive their health care in their own homes whenever possible.

“I work with a great team of people and without their help there is no way that I could have picked up this award.”