Nurse’s pride at special honour

Shelley Wagstaff
Shelley Wagstaff

A nurse team leader at Buckingham’s Swan Practice has been celebrated for her outstanding community work by being awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.

Shelley Wagstaff, who is also North Locality lead nurse for Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group, received the honour from the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) at a glittering ceremony in central London.

The prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse is given to those who show a commitment to the values of community nursing, excellent patient care and a continuous process of learning and leadership.

Locally, Queen’s Nurses are key figures in carrying out improvement projects and redesigning services to develop the quality of care for patients.

Nationally, they have been in demand from various organisations, including the Department of Health, for their expertise and commitment to community nursing.

There are currently more than 700 Queen’s Nurses across the UK.

Shelley, who became a qualified nurse 30 years ago, was nominated for the award by two patients she helped to give up smoking.

One was a young woman and the other an elderly woman with a life­-threatening condition that made it vital for her to quit.

Dr Rebecca Pryse, a partner at the Swan Practice, then wrote to endorse the nominations and Shelley herself had to submit a supporting statement.

Shelley, who has been nurse team leader at the Swan Practice for three years, said: “This is lovely to receive and I am very proud of it. There are just 24 Queen’s Nurses in all of Bucks – it’s a real honour.”

Being a Queen’s Nurse also means that Shelley can, on behalf of her practice, bid for a funding stream from the QNI that is available to help improve patient care.