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University academic named Queen’s Nurse

Published: 12 August 2014
Dr Wendy Wigley

Dr Wendy Wigley at the University of Southampton has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

The title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.

Wendy has been at the University of Southampton for eight years and leads the programme in public health practice.

Wendy said: “I am delighted to be given such a distinguished award. Nursing and the standards of nursing are integral to ensuring the client patient is put at the centre of their care and treatment. We should all be doing more to ensure the standards of nursing develop and improve for the benefit of all age ranges across the lifespan; focusing upon service integration in the community and the transition between the client’s home and the hospital settings.”

Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the QNI said: “Congratulations are due to Wendy 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 QN title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”

Wendy will receive her award at a special ceremony in November.

Notes for editors

1.    A photo of Dr Wendy Wigley is attached.

2.    Through world-leading research and enterprise activities, the University of Southampton connects with businesses to create real-world solutions to global issues. Through its educational offering, it works with partners around the world to offer relevant, flexible education, which trains students for jobs not even thought of. This connectivity is what sets Southampton apart from the rest; we make connections and change the world.

3.    The title of Queen’s Nurse is open to community nurses with more than three years’ experience. Managers and patients provide feedback about applicants, which is assessed along with their application. More information about how to apply is available at

4.    The Queen’s Nursing Institute is a registered charity founded in 1887. We believe in the best possible nursing care for people at home. We work with the public, nurses and decision makers to ensure that good quality nursing is available to everyone, when they need it.

For further information:
Becky Attwood, Media Relations, University of Southampton, Tel 02380 592116, Mobile: 07545 422512, email Twitter: @beckyattwood07

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