Queen’s Award pre­sented to nurse for a life­time of com­mu­nity care

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - HEALTH -

AF­TER pro­vid­ing high qual­ity com­mu­nity care for 30 years, a ded­i­cated nurse has been awarded a pres­ti­gious hon­our.

He­len Mehra, lead nurse for in­te­grated el­derly and com­mu­nity care at Buck­ing­hamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, has been awarded the sta­tus of Queen’s Nurse, by the Queen’s Nurs­ing In­sti­tute, in recog­ni­tion of her com­mit­ment to high stan­dards of prac­tice and pa­tient care.

Hav­ing spent most of her dis­trict nurs­ing ca­reer in the Chilterns area, He­len has be­come a fa­mil­iar face in GP prac­tices and the com­mu­nity.

Although she has spent the last three years in a lead­er­ship role, He­len still sees pa­tients who are sup­ported by the Amer­sham Adult Com­mu­nity Healthcare Team (ACHT).

Along with three other col­leagues, He­len has also re­cently achieved a post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion in healthcare

DED­I­CATED CA­REER: He­len Mehra has re­ceived the Queen's Nurse award. lead­er­ship from the Mary Sea­cole na­tional NHS lead­er­ship academy, which cham­pi­ons com­pas­sion­ate pa­tient care.

He­len has had a va­ri­ety of roles in her long ca­reer, in­clud­ing a spell as a com­mu­nity mid­wife, dis­trict nurse and ma­tron of a com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal.

She has also spent many years in In­dia, where she was a vol­un­teer mid­wife teach­ing safe de­liv­ery tech­niques to mid­wives work­ing in the Hi­malayas, as well as the man­ager of a large com­mu­nity out­reach pro­ject.

He­len and her hus­band, Raju, still have a home in the cen­tral Hi­malayas and, only this year, pro­vided aid to com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake.

She said: “It’s great to be recog­nised for do­ing a job I thor­oughly en­joy and am pas­sion­ate about.

“I love work­ing in the com­mu­nity and I also en­joy sup­port­ing my team, shar­ing my knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence with them and watch­ing them de­velop their skills and gain in con­fi­dence.”

Buck­ing­hamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Chief Nurse Carolyn Morrice, said: “I’m so pleased He­len has been recog­nised for her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

“She’s a key leader in our com­mu­nity team and an in­spi­ra­tion to all who work with her.”

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