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Queen's royal seal of approval for nurse Di

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

Jane Scrafton (left) and Di Walker (right) collect their badges from Professor Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing from Public Health England

Jane Scrafton (left) and Di Walker (right) collect their badges from Professor Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing from Public Health England

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A Louth nurse is one of only two in the county to be honoured in a double investiture by a leading nursing charity.

Di Walker has been made a Queen's Nurse after a successful application to the the Queen's Nursing Institute.

She joins Jane Scrafton, who is also employed by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).

And they were among only 90 nurses from across the country to be recognised for their commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.

Nurse Walker is a continence specialist nurse based in Louth.

Also covering the East Lindsey district, she provides expert care and guidance to patients who are experiencing problems with bowel and bladder control.

And she hopes to use the recognition to help raise the profile of incontinence.

"I think it's important to help improve the knowledge of both the public and healthcare professionals about what we can do to help manage debilitating symptoms and provide treatment," she said.

"Often, people with continence issues have had the problem for several years.

"They assume that it is an inevitable part of the ageing process or something they must live with. This is not the case."

Di Walker is the fourth nurse working in the East Lindsey area for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust to be awarded the Queen's Nurse title.

The others are Tracy Means (clinical team leader, Skegness Community Nursing Team), Julie Bevan (complex case manager in the Respiratory Service – based in Louth but works across the east of the county), and Kerry Bareham (clinical team leader, Horncastle Community Nursing Team).

Jane Scrafton is a countywide professional advisor and heart failure complex case manager.

Based in the Lincoln area, she applied to become a Queen's Nurse after being instrumental in developing a community-based service for patients who were traditionally managed in hospital.

"The ability to deliver high quality care at home successfully is reliant on listening to our patients and carers, and being part of a team who work closely with each other and other care providers," she said.

Sue Cousland is the chief nurse and director of operations at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

She said: "We are very proud of Di and Jane's achievements.

"There are now nine Queen's Nurses at Lincolnshire Community Health Services.

"And their insight is proving to be invaluable in helping to ensure we can promote quality and best practice locally and nationally."

Crystal Oldman is the chief executive of the Queen's Nursing Institute.

"Congratulations are due to Di and Jane for their success," she said. "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."

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