Cumbrian Nurses presented with Queens Nurse Award

Five nurses from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust were awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse at a ceremony in London on Monday.

The title was awarded to: Phil Hunter, a District Nurse from Barrow; Jane Dickinson, Quality and Safety Lead; Helen Boit, Senior Quality and Safety Lead; Linda Graham, Team Lead for Eden Community Nursing and Salli Pilcher, Associate Director of Nursing.

Salli Pilcher was also one of 6 nurses from across the UK to be presented with the “Queen Mother’s Award for Outstanding Service”, an award which is signed by Queen Elizabeth herself. Salli was recognized by The Queen’s Nursing Institute due to her outstanding efforts during the recent Cumbrian floods.

During the 24 hours of the storm itself, as well as the days which followed, Salli led Cumbria Partnership’s community nursing response team. She co-ordinated the teleconferences which happened at regular intervals in order to motivate and sustain staff morale as conditions continued to be difficult. It was Salli’s strong leadership which made a real difference to both patients and colleagues.

In her role as Associate Director of Nursing at Cumbria Partnership, Salli is responsible for nurse leadership in the adult community services care group. Her remit covers community nursing and hospital nursing for this large rural county.

Salli commented: “I feel really humbled and honoured by all this. I was only doing my job, and I’m absolutely delighted to be a Queen’s Nurse and to be given this award. It was only possible thanks to an amazing team and the outstanding nurses who I am fortunate enough to work with every day – this is about the achievements of all of us, not just me! It was one of the proudest moments of my career.”

The Queen's Nurse Programme is designed for nurses who want to develop their professional skills and promote the highest standards of patient care.