A Boston-based NHS worker has been honoured for her commitment to high standards of patient care, leadership and learning.
Rosemary Woods, a community case manager, has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
She becomes the 31st Queen’s Nurse at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). The title is not an award for past service, a trust spokesman explained, but rather a commitment to ‘high standards of patient care, leadership and learning’.
“I am immensely surprised. I didn’t think I’d get it, but I guess most would say that,” said Rosemary. “I am truly honoured.”
Rosemary trained and qualified as a state enrolled nurse at Pilgrim Hospital in 1982 and has since worked across the country. She has worked in the community since 2009, first at Skegness and now Boston.
She added: “My brother and sister are incredibly proud of me, and my sister who lives in France joined me at the ceremony in London to watch me receive my title.”
Lisa Green, director of nursing and operations at LCHS said: “We are very proud of the ever-growing team of Queen’s Nurses and Health Visiting Fellows we have at LCHS. They are all rightly recognised for the contributions they make to patient care and the development of our future nurses and leaders. I would like to congratulate Rosemary on her achievements.”