A FORMER Burnley woman and diabetes specialist nurse has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
Janet Sarsfield, who works for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, received the accolade for her commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.
Janet, who now lives in Huncoat, was born and raised in Burnley and is a former pupil of Ivy Bank High School.
She started her career as a nurse cadet at the age of 16 and completed her training in Burnley where she worked for many years.
Her work in the community began in 1998 and over the years has worked in Burnley, Pendle and Accrington supporting people and their families with diabetes. She now works at Accrington Pals Primary Health Care Centre.
Janet 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.
Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities and a shared professional identity.
Catriona Logan, community division general manager, said: “I would like to congratulate Janet on her success in being awarded this title. 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.”
Queen’s Nursing Institute director Crystal Oldman added: “Congratulations are due to Janet 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 Queen’s Nurse title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”