The QNI also welcomed former director, Rosemary Cook CBE, as a Fellow of the Institute, and Guy Tucker, lecturer in the adult nursing team at Northumbria University, as a Fellow and a Queen’s Nurse. The Fellowships were awarded by Kate Billingham CBE, chair of the QNI’s Council.
At the event Viv Bennett, director of nursing at the Department of Health, and George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Gardens Scheme, both acknowledged the importance of a healthy lifestyle and access to green spaces to aid health promotion and public health.
Viv also acknowledged the growing role Queen’s Nurses are having in shaping health delivery and ensuring best practice is shared, as well as presenting the new Queen’s Nurses with their certificates.
There are now more than 500 Queen’s Nurses working in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.