Nurse from local community NHS trust scoops top award

Rosy Watson

A nurse from Norfolk’s NHS community health care trust has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse.

Rosy Watson, who is a Community Matron at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, will attend a ceremony in London on 21st June to collect her award from community nursing charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). The title is bestowed upon nurses who have shown outstanding commitment to delivering high standards of patient care, as well as support and leadership to their colleagues.

As well as recognising the dedication and expertise of its winners, the Queen’s Nurse title aims to encourage nurses to promote ‘best practice’ among their colleagues.

Rosy, 34 who lives near North Walsham, is based at Aylsham Health Centre. She has worked for NCH&C for the last 10 years. Prior to this, Rosy worked for two years, in Great Yarmouth as a community nurse, and prior to that as a staff nurse at the James Paget Hospital. 

Rosy cares for patients with a wide range of long-term conditions, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and heart failure.  She visits people within their own homes, due to the severity of their disease and inability to access GP practice nurse appointments. The visits are focused around self-care, and patient education to help patients to best manage their symptoms.  She also works closely with Social Services, and other sectors to improve outcomes for patients with complex social and health needs. 

Rosy has worked hard to improve the quality of community nursing, delivered in Aylsham, Cromer and North Walsham, which is recognised in this award. She frequently attends multi-disciplinary meetings with adult social care professionals and GP surgeries.  Rosy advocates for patient choice and critically reviews current and potential treatment along with supporting other options which may be available to the patient.

Rosy balances this full-time role with being a Mum and has recently started in a new post as clinical lead for the community nursing team in Aylsham, which she hopes will enable her to continue to influence and deliver high quality nursing care in the area. 

Commenting on receiving the Queen’s Nurse title, Rosy said: “Nursing is a profession that is respected world-wide.  I am proud to be a nurse.  I believe that it is a privilege to be able to attend to patients throughout their lives.  Even more, nursing in the community is an opportunity to see the patient in the most holistic way.  I am welcomed into patient’s homes in their time of need.  They value my knowledge and experience, and the support and patient centred care that I provide. The qualities of a Queen’s Nurse are the belief in the importance of learning, advocacy, innovation, and a passion for excellence in patient care. These are values I share, and I am honoured to hold the title of Queen’s Nurse, especially in order to raise the profile and recognition of the role of community nursing in the NHS.”

“Every nurse working in the community work very hard every day, often going above and beyond for the patients in their care.  The daily challenges of providing clinical care in the homes of some of the most vulnerable of our community go unseen.  I will continue to champion and campaign for improvements in primary care and continue raising awareness of the essential work the community nurses do.”

For more about the Queen’s Nurse title, go to: www.qni.org.uk/for_nurses/queens_nurses

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