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Joyce joins elite group of nurses

​Joyce has joined the elite group of nurses carrying the title of Queen’s Nurse​
Nurse Joyce Pickering has become the queen of caring after receiving a prestigious national award.

Joyce, who is the lead nurse at Newton Abbot’s Cricketfield Surgery, has joined the elite group of nurses carrying the title of Queen’s Nurse. 

The Queen’s Nursing Institute says the title is to honour nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient-centred values and demonstrates commitment to their profession.

Joyce was presented with her badge and certificate by Professor Viv Bennett CBE, lead nurse for Public Health England, in London on 14 November.

She is the first Queen’s Nurse in the Newton Abbot locality, and Cricketfield Surgery staff said they are extremely proud of Joyce’s success, as well as her continued dedication to the profession and the practice. 

Joyce said: “I was very honoured to receive this prestigious title at the award ceremony in Kensington, and I am looking forward to working with other Queen’s Nurses, sharing good practice and innovation to improve and maintain the best care for our patients.

“This is an exciting time to work in general practice. There are increasing opportunities for practice nurses to develop their clinical and leadership roles in the community setting.

“The values of the Queen’s Nursing Institute are why I applied to become a Queen’s Nurse. The title recognises a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.”

The title of Queen’s Nurse is open to community nurses with more than three years’ experience.

Tracy Green, practice manager at Cricketfield Surgery, said: “We are all extremely proud of Joyce for being awarded this title at such a busy and challenging time within the NHS.

“The title recognises Joyce's commitment to improving patient outcomes and ensuring that we are leading our nursing team in a developing primary care environment.”