Top accolade for local nurse

A district nurse from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a ‘top nurse’ accolade by her university.

Barbara Crowston studied for a year for the specialist practitioner qualification and graduated from the University of Hull.

She’s now working as a district nurse in the West Network locality, covering the Scunthorpe town area and has 95 patients on her caseload.

Barbara pictured with colleagues from the West Network

Barbara was picked out of all the students on her course as the winner of the prestigious Queen’s Nursing Institute award: the Philip Goodeve-Docker* Memorial Prize 2019 for Outstanding Achievement. As well as the accolade she received a £50 prize and a certificate.

The award is offered to the top performing student of the district nursing programme in every university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each university is invited to nominate a student who has demonstrated the most outstanding achievement on their programme.

Barbara said: “I joined the Trust four years ago as a community nurse and I wanted to take on more responsibility and expand my skills. It was hard work balancing studying alongside work but my colleagues were supportive and I work in a great team. I’m now developing into the role and have been supporting other staff in the team too.”

Debra Wenzel, Operational Matron, said: “This is a fantastic and well deserved achievement. We are all very proud of Barbara and she has proved herself to be a real asset to the district nursing team.”

* Mr Goodeve-Docker, together with two colleagues, set out to cross the Greenland Ice Sheet in April 2013. Philip had chosen to raise funds for The Queen’s Nursing Institute while undertaking this endeavour. The team set out on 26 April, but became trapped in a sudden and very severe polar storm. Tragically, shortly before rescue could arrive on the morning of 28 April, Philip passed away. His two colleagues were airlifted to safety, but suffered severe frostbite during their ordeal.

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