Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust nurses recognised by Queen’s Nursing Institute
02 November 2017

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

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has honoured eight Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) nurses with prestigious awards at their autumn awards ceremony this week.

Christine Morris, a Children’s Community Nurse based at Crawley Hospital, has been awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding contribution to community nursing.

The award recognises Christine’s pivotal role in creating and developing the Children's Community Nursing service in the north area of West Sussex (Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex). Christine, a Children’s Community Nurse with Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, was one of the founders of the service in 1997 when it was set up as one of the first services of its type in the country.

A total of seven nurses were also awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse.

The title was awarded to Gary Brigden, Heart Failure Nurse Specialist; Jo Harrison, Proactive Care Clinical Nurse Lead; Toni Hayes, Rehabilitation and Reablement; Wendy McCarthy, Practice Education Facilitator; Jane Mulcahy, Matron for Children and Young People’s Community Nursing; Evelyn Prodger, General Manager Community Hospitals & Urgent Care; and Ruth Silverman, Locality Manager.

They were all presented with their Queen’s Nurse badge and certificate by Professor Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer, Welsh Government during a glittering ceremony at The Royal Garden Hotel in London.

Evelyn Prodger said "The title of Queen’s Nurse is an honour and receiving it is one of the proudest moments of my 30 year career in the NHS. The expanding group of SCFT Queen’s Nurses demonstrates the organisations commitment to nursing leadership and delivering excellent care at the heart of the community."

Sue Marshall, Queen’s Nurse and Chief Nurse at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust said, “It is fantastic to have so many Queen’s Nurses in our team. 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.”

Photo left to right: Ruth Silverman, Wendy McCarthy, Gary Brigden, Jane Mulcahy, Christine Morris (who received prestigious Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Award for outstanding service), Professor Jean White, Evelyn Prodger and Toni Hayes.