MEDIA RELEASE - Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

30 January 2015
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Leading School Nurse receives Queen’s Nurse title
Margaret Clarke, Professional Lead for School Nursing has been honoured with
the title of Queen’s Nurse for her outstanding contribution to local and national
school nursing practice. The Queen’s Nursing Institute awards the prestigious
title to nurses that demonstrate exemplary commitment to improving standards
of care, and to learning and leadership.
Maggie, who works for Leicestershire Partnership NHS
Trust (LPT) leads the school nursing service across
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Her leadership
has championed the development of new and
innovative ways of working including; an awardwinning text messaging system for young people, a
nationally recognised health for kids website and, most
recently, trialling a virtual clinic using Skype to enable
children in very rural settings to talk to a school nurse.
She also represents and influences school nursing
both regionally and nationally, and is involved in
‘WeSchoolNurses’ – a Twitter community encouraging
school nurses to use social media to share best
practice ideas.
As a Queen’s Nurse, Maggie joins other community nurses and midwives who
have been recognised for their commitment to high quality care for patients, and
who are role models for colleagues. She will link into a national Queen’s Nurse
network and a regional group for local learning and development.
Chris Buzzard, Service Manager for Health Visiting and School Nursing, said: “I
am proud to have Maggie working for my service as she promotes school
nursing with a real passion. She upholds the highest standards with real
determination and innovation whilst making school nursing as accessible as
possible to local children and young people.”
Maggie said: “I am passionate and committed to my role as professional lead
for LPT’s School Nursing team and feel honoured to become a Queen’s Nurse.
I believe this role will further enable me to raise the standards of care given to
local children and young people and to influence the development of national
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School Nursing practice. I am looking forward to joining the QN community of
like-minded, professional and skilled nurses and I feel that this support will
enable me to continue to introduce innovative ways of working in our community
and neighbourhoods to improve the health and wellbeing of our children and
young people.”
Note to editors
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of health and wellbeing services
mainly for people living Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The Trust serves a population of
one million, has a budget in excess of £267 million and employs approximately 5,400 staff. For
more information visit
For further information contact: Kamy Basra, Communications Manager, Leicestershire
Partnership NHS Trust, Tel: 0116 295 0919, E: [email protected]
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