Celebrating exceptional nurses: Queen’s Nurse Awards honour local nurses

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Two outstanding nurses in Luton have received the prestigious Queen’s Nurse (QN) title for their contributions to healthcare.

The Queen’s Nurse title is a mark of their commitment to nursing excellence and patient care and enables the holder to access a supportive professional network, developmental programmes, bursaries and learning and leadership opportunities.

Alex McGarvey and Janet Thornley have both demonstrated remarkable dedication to healthcare innovation and quality improvement.

Alex, Nurse Partner at Lea Vale Medical Group and GPN Lead for Luton, began her journey with the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNi) in 2021 when she established a virtual coffee morning for homebound patients with complex care needs. The QNi provided valuable support, helping her shape this project to benefit patients in need.

Janet, Strategic Primary Care Nurse Lead, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, has been recognised for her work in developing the national CARE Programme.

The CARE Programme supports Primary Care colleagues to strengthen their leadership skills to establish population health projects that will improve patient health outcomes and help shape services. Originally created for General Practice Nurses, this initiative expanded nationally, improving patient health outcomes across England.

Felicity Cox, Chief Executive, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, said:

“I am immensely proud of the dedication and innovation demonstrated by our two nurses, Alex and Janet. Alex’s virtual coffee morning is a heart-warming example of how our healthcare professionals go above and beyond to improve the lives of those in need. Janet’s work on the CARE Programme, which expanded across the country and improved patient health outcomes, showcases the far-reaching impact of our nursing community. Their contributions reflect their commitment to patient care and we are extremely proud to have them as part of our team.”

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