Matron Attends Queen's Garden Party

A Lincolnshire matron attended the Queen's Garden party after being nominated by a patient's family for her dedicated work around frailty.

Kim Barr, matron at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) spent the afternoon at the Queen's garden party accompanied by her husband Robert.

"We thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a fantastic atmosphere and a real honour to be invited," said Kim.

"I was nominated by a patient's family and also for the work I have been doing in exploring how we can better support those who are frail."

Kim started her nursing career in 1979 in London and specialised in Acute and Intensive Care running the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Free Hospital. After moving to Lincolnshire, Kim started as a Practice Nurse developing the role into a Nurse Practitioner and then worked in the community setting as a Specialist Nurse and developed her interest in the care of frail older persons. She joined LCHS in 2000.

On arrival at Buckingham Place, the couple were taken to the gardens where they had a chance to soak up the impressive surroundings.

After enjoying the famous afternoon tea, they joined the crowds who lined up to meet The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Ann, Princess Beatrice and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Kim will be spending more time in London throughout the year due to securing one of only 24 places on the King's College Older Person's Nurse Fellowship.

The one-year part-time post-graduate course is sponsored by Health Education England and will see Kim travel to King's College London once  a month to hear from national experts and sharing ideas around the quality safety, service transformation and innovation in older person's care.

Kim added: "It was brilliant to be able to meet and talk with the other guests and find out why they had also been invited. The whole day was fantastic and we were really lucky with the weather too."