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A Western Isles community nurse has been selected for a special professional development programme to that will earn them the right to use the coveted Queen’s Nurse title.


Debra Vickers, who works as a BHF cardiac specialist nurse, is set to be one of first nurses to receive the title in Scotland for almost 50 years.


The modern Queen’s Nurses, drawn from health boards and other independent organisations across Scotland, will enable teams to promote health improvement and deliver quality care.


NHS Western Isles nurse director, Chris Anne Campbell, said: “The shift towards providing more care closer to people’s homes offers exciting opportunities for the further development of community nursing.”


After the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) training, modern Queen’s Nurses will support new models of care to promote health improvement and local delivery of services.


Clare Cable, chief executive of QNIS, said: “All the nurses who are taking part in our programme have demonstrated their impact as experienced practitioners and clinical leaders.


“Now they want to further enhance their professional skills by really making a difference for Scotland’s communities as Queen’s Nurses.”


Historically, the Queen’s Nurse title was awarded to district nurses who training to work in the community, providing healthcare to people in their own homes.


The new Queen’s Nurses will take part in a nine-month programme, developing and honing their existing skills and capabilities.


Queen's Nurse title returns to NHS Western Isles

21 February 2017

Debra Vickers