Elaine Williams, a community health nurse from Ascot who is based at Fitzwilliam House in Skimped Hill Lane, has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
Ms Williams was given the accolade for her commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership, and throughout her career she has worked with drug users and youngsters with mental health issues.
She is currently helping other staff at the NHS facility – which provides a number of outpatient services – make changes within their services to have a big impact on patients and their families.
She has become one of only seven QNs across Berkshire.
She said: “It’s great to belong to a supportive community that is part of shaping community nursing. “I’m really passionate about involving patients and putting them at the centre of service developments and I will continue to work hard to make sure we deliver excellent patient care.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to improve my skills and helping others to develop so we can give people the best care in the right place.”
Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI, said: “Congratulations are due to Elaine 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 QN title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”