A Huncoat NHS worker has received the prestigious award of Queen’s Nurse from a charity.
Janet Sarsfield, a diabetes specialist nurse working for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, has been given the title by The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
The Queen’s Nurse title is awarded for commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.
Janet, who began work as a nurse cadet at the age of 16, now works at Accrington Pals Primary Health Care Centre with what she describes as the ‘A’ team.
Catriona Logan, community division general manager, congratulated Janet on her success.
She added: “I am fully aware of the commitment and dedication Janet has made in her nursing career within our organisation during her 40 years of service in East Lancashire.
“We deeply value the qualities of clinical nurse leaders within the community division and are very proud to have a Queen’s Nurse among our staff.”
Janet began working in the community in 1998, supporting people and their families with diabetes.
Patient Julie Owen, from Oswaldtwistle, gave a testimony for Janet for the award.
She said: “Janet is a truly unique individual.
“When I visit the clinic, there is a feeling of visiting a friend who always has time for me and will always provide support, make time for me and treat me as an individual.
“She has made coping with diabetes less daunting and has made me believe that with her help and commitment I will be OK. She is my rock and I will be eternally grateful for that.”
Janet, who is originally from Burnley, will be travelling to London later in the year where she will be one of several nurses nationwide awarded the title at the charity’s awards ceremony, held at The Commonwealth Club in London.
The title will give
her access to training, bursaries and networking opportunities.