Queen’s Nurse Title for Nurse's dedication to patient care

A local Nurse has been awarded the Queen’s Nurse Title for her commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.

Lesley Royle-Pryor has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

Lesley, who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years has a number of nursing roles across Greater Manchester.  She currently works as Practice Nurse Lead (and Clinical Cabinet Nurse) for NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), a role in which she supports and empowers nurses working in general practices to lead change and develop opportunities to help shape improvements in care.   Lesley also works as a Nurse Practitioner at Dr. Kumar's GP Practice, in Bromley Cross Bolton, and recently took up a clinical role at a GP practice in Salford.

Lesley’s application was supported by testimonials from within the NHS and from patients she cares for at the practice in Bolton.

The title of Queen’s Nurse indicates a commitment to the values of community nursing, to excellent patient care, and to a continuous process of learning and leadership. Queen’s Nurses lead improvement projects and the redesigning of services to improve care for patients.

Lesley received her award from Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England during an evening of celebrations on International Nurses Day, last month.  Lesley was one of 65 nurses to receive the esteemed award.

All Queen’s Nurses have access to learning and development programmes through the Queen’s Nursing Institute and are recognised nationally for expertise in their field.

Regarding the accolade, Lesley said:  “I feel honoured and privileged to be given the title of Queen’s Nurse.   I am passionate about providing high quality compassionate care, improving patients’ experiences and supporting other nurses working within general practice to excel. Nurses play a vital role in the care provided by GP practices and I know there are so many nurses out there who are equally committed to the values of the Queen’s Nurse title.  I would encourage them to consider applying for the award next year.”

Catherine Jackson, Executive Board Nurse for Bury CCG said: “I am thrilled that Lesley has been acknowledged through this prestigious award.  Her commitment to community nursing, the delivery of excellent patient care and to learning and leadership in nursing is unswerving.  This is an award she is absolutely worthy of and I hope that it will help to raise the profile of the important role of Nurses who work in general practice locally.”

Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the QNI added: “Congratulations are due to Lesley for her success. Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can. The QN title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”


Date: 12th June 2014

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Notes to Editors:

The title of Queen’s Nurse is open to community nurses with more than three years’ experience. Managers and patients provide feedback about applicants, which is assessed along with their application.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute is a registered charity founded in 1887, which believes in the best possible nursing care for people at home. They work with the public, nurses and decision makers to ensure that good quality nursing is available to everyone, when they need it.  



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