A Barnsley member of staff has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse in recognition of his commitment to a high level of patient care and nursing practice.
David Yockney, a registered nurse professional lead, was given the title by The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) for his commitment to learning, leadership, and excellence in patient care.
David qualified as a registered nurse in 1995 and went on to work as a staff nurse at The Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. Completing a community health care nursing course in 1998 led David to pursue a career in district nursing. He gained a post as a district nurse in North Derbyshire before moving to Barnsley in 2000 where he continued to work as a district nurse until 2006.
He was then appointed as one of the first community matrons in Barnsley – a role he held until April of this year, before becoming the registered nurse professional lead for adult nursing.
In this role, David works alongside colleagues to offer professional advice both to senior managers and clinical leads, as well as to the wider workforce of registered adult nurses within the Trust, to promote high quality nursing care and the best outcomes for service users, carers and communities.
The Queen’s Nurse programme brings together community nurses to develop their professional skills and deliver outstanding patient care in the community.
Reflecting on his award, David said: “I’m really proud to have been given the title of Queen’s Nurse by The Queen’s Nursing Institute. I’ve spent the vast majority of my career in community nursing and am committed to improving care for patients, their families and carers in every setting. To have this recognised by such a prestigious organisation as the QNI is amazing.
“I’m hoping that the opportunities associated with the title of Queen’s Nurse will help me to further promote the vital contribution that nurses make in providing high quality care. Having access to a network of like-minded nurses, who share similar values in terms of leadership, learning, development and support will be extremely valuable and allow me to share best practice and service developments with the objective of further improving the quality of care that patients receive.”