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Alumnus Tara receives prestigious Queen's Nurse title.

Jul 05, 2018

Tara McGinley receives her Queen's Nurse award from Stephen McGann
Tara McGinley receives her Queen's Nurse award from Stephen McGann

Alumnus Tara McGinley who graduated from our MSc Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) programme, now Advanced Clinical Practice, in 2008 has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). She received the honour from one of the charity’s supporters, Stephen McGann from “Call the Midwife”, at a ceremony in June in London.

The title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. It recognises those that work in the community and are committed to innovative and creative practice, which supports people to be nursed at home by the right people with the right skills. It also recognises the importance of looking after families or carers in the community.

Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.

Tara is an advanced nurse practitioner and professional lead for nursing in Salford and  for Salford Division at the Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) NHS Foundation Trust and has worked in Salford for 33 years.

She works in a community mental health team and is an autonomous practitioner and independent prescriber, working mostly with patients with enduring mental health needs and their families to provide holistic community care. She also leads on policy and practice improvements for GMMH.

Tara said: “I am delighted to have been awarded the title and am excited at the possible opportunities to further my knowledge and skills with the support of the Institute and other Queen’s nurses. I understand there are currently only 10 mental health Queen’s nurses, so it will great to raise the importance of mental health care within integrated care pathways in the community.  I am especially proud that testimonies from patients I work with formed part of the application process and would like to thank all who supported me.”

Annabella Gloster, Programme Lead in the School of Health and Society said: “It’s tremendous to hear about Tara’s success. She demonstrates the many career options that advanced practice can offer. Mental health is most definitely a growing area for practitioners and we have a number of places this year on our programme allotted specifically to mental health.”

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the QNI said: ‘On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Tara and welcome her as a Queen’s Nurse. Queen’s Nurses serve as leaders and role models in community nursing, delivering high quality health care across the country. The application and assessment process to become a Queen’s Nurse is rigorous and requires clear commitment to improving care for patients, their families and carers. We look forward to working with Tara and all other new Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.’

Gill Green, Director of Nursing and Governance at GMMH where Tara practises, added: “I’m delighted to learn that Tara has been successful in her application. We look forward to benefitting from the learning opportunities this position gives Tara and seeing her develop her professional skills by networking with community nurses who share common values.”