National Outstanding Achievement Award for Judith

A Lincolnshire Case Manager has been awarded The Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Award for Outstanding Service.

Judith Nye, a Case Manager from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), was one of three nurses to collect the national award.

The award from the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) is presented to nurses who have given service to patients and the profession, over and above the call of duty, and have made a particularly distinguished contribution to the health of people in the community.

The late Queen Mother took great personal interest in this award and it is in honour of her memory, that as patron of The Queen's Nursing Institute, Her Majesty the Queen agreed that the award could be made in perpetuity.

Judith started her career 34 years ago in Lincoln but says the time has flown.

As a student nurse Judith spent eight weeks in the community in Metheringham which gave her the interest in district nursing. She is now based in North Hykeham and is still enjoying her role.

"I was really surprised when the letter arrived to say I had been nominated, all I have ever done is my best in my job and I found it extremely humbling to have been nominated in the first place and then go on to receive the award," said Judith.

She added: "My heart has always been in district nursing. I did midwifery and spent 13 years at a leg ulcer clinic but district nursing is where my passion lies."

Judith attended the special awards ceremony at the Russell Hotel in central London with her father, a retired nurse himself who worked in the RAF, where she collected a  certificate signed by the Queen.

"I think nursing is in my blood. I spent a lot of time at RAF hospitals when I was younger and then most of my adult life treating my own patients," added Judith.

Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive at LCHS, said: "We would like to congratulate Judith for her fantastic achievements. We are very proud to be able to say we have nurses like Judith delivering this high level of dedication and care to patients across the county."

QNI Chief Executive, Dr Crystal Oldman said: "The QNI's Award for Outstanding Service is a highly prestigious award for community nurses that indicates an exceptional degree of professionalism and dedication to patients and colleagues. On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Judith Nye on this achievement."