Publish date: 21 February 2024

Isle of Wight NHS Trust is proud to share that four of its Community Nurses have been given the prestigious title of Queen's Nurse by The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI).

Our community nurses are:

  • Charlotte Bexon-Stone, Quality Matron, Community
  • Jackie Balloch, District Nurse team Lead, Northeast
  • Peter Scholes, Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist
  • Sarah Kearney, Respiratory Nurse Specialist

This is a real achievement and means that we now have a total of 18 island nurses who have received the Queen’s Nurse (QN) title.

The QN title isn’t an award for past service or a qualification, it is a formal recognition that you are part of a professional network of nurses committed to delivering and leading outstanding care in the community.

Charlotte Bexon-Stone, Quality Matron - Community, said: “Receiving the Queen’s Nurse title is not only an honour but a privilege and something that I am incredibly proud of. I look forward to networking with like minded individuals, sharing experiences and enhancing the lives of patients in our island community.”

Jackie Balloch, District Nurse Team Leader, added: “I am delighted and honoured to have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse, it’s a great privilege and I’m looking forward to networking with others across the country to share experiences and to support each other.”

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of The QNI, said: “Congratulations to all those nurses who have received the title of Queen’s Nurse. You join a wonderful, supportive national network of nurses committed to learning, leadership, and providing excellent care for the people they serve. We look forward to working with you.”