Sussex nurse recognised by Queen’s Nursing Institute
09 July 2018

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust nurse recognised by Queen’s Nursing Institute

Valerie Dowley, Clinical Nurse Specialist from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) was awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) at their annual awards ceremony on Monday 25 June.

Valerie was presented with the Queen’s Nurse badge and certificate by Stephen McGann, actor and author, at a glittering ceremony held in London.

The title of Queen’s Nurse recognises ‘continuing commitment to improving standards of care in the community and to learning and leadership’.

At the award ceremony the opening speaker quoted a line from one of Valerie’s patients who said:

“Before I met Valerie, I was at an utter loss and felt terrified and desperately unhappy. From the very first time she visited me in my home (and after many tears) I felt reassured. She took the time to really listen to my concerns and fears, she gave me the freedom to open up to her, to share my anger and frustration and to help me understand that these feelings and concerns were absolutely normal. In short, we were in it together. For the first time, with Valerie's kind reassurance, I felt that it was possible to get better.”

On accepting the Queen’s Nurse Award Valerie said:

“Being able to join the community of Queen’s Nurse is a great privilege and will allow me to continue my journey of growth, both personally and professionally within the nursing field. I hope to be able to contribute some of my experience and expertise to supporting others and influence change. I will continue to inspire other nurses to be the best they can, to provide the highest quality care and keep patients at the centre of everything we do.”

Sue Marshall, Queen’s Nurse and Chief Nurse at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust said, ““It is fantastic that Valerie has been awarded the Queen’s Nurse Award. I know how proud I was when I received my own award. It is a huge achievement and also supports a commitment to improving the quality of care.”