Hon­our for Ersk­ine care boss

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A char­ity worker has been hon­oured by a top nurs­ing body.

Derek Bar­ron, direc­tor of care at Ersk­ine, was made a Fel­low of The Queen’s Nurs­ing In­sti­tute Scot­land at a cer­e­mony in Ed­in­burgh.

A new Fel­low­ship was in­tro­duced this year, and Mr Bar­ron was one of three peo­ple to be awarded the hon­our in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion to com­mu­nity nurs­ing and pro­fes­sional nurs­ing lead­er­ship.

He was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate and sil­ver com­mem­o­ra­tive badge by tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Prue Leith.

Mr Bar­ron, who has been direc­tor of care with the vet­er­ans’char­ity since June 2016, said:“I am thrilled and de­lighted to be given this hon­our.

“QNIS has a long and dis­tin­guished his­tory in lead­ing com­mu­nity nurs­ing in Scot­land, so it is both hum­bling and ex­cit­ing to be recog­nised as hav­ing con­tributed in some small way.

“To share the award cer­e­mony with our 20 new Queen’s Nurses made it even more mem­o­rable.

“Hav­ing both a men­tal health nurse and a care home nurse in this co­hort of Queen’s Nurses was heart-warm­ing, given my own pro­fes­sional back­ground.”

The award of QNIS Fel­low­ship aims to cre­ate a com­mu­nity of sup­port for the In­sti­tute that will pro­vide ex­pert ad­vice, on prac­tice, ed­u­ca­tion, re­search, pol­icy and in­te­grated care.

It is hoped that the new Fel­lows will act as am­bas­sadors for the work of QNIS, as well as, ben­e­fit­ing from the re­newed re­la­tion­ship.

Claire Ca­ble, chief ex­ec­u­tive and nurse direc­tor of QNIS, said:“Derek’s award of Fel­low­ship is in recog­ni­tion of his sup­port of com­mu­nity nurs­ing and his con­tin­u­ous pro­mo­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of the very best of nurs­ing prac­tice.

“The QNIS Nom­i­na­tions Com­mit­tee par­tic­u­larly wanted to ac­knowl­edge his com­mit­ment to the In­sti­tute over the years and his en­thu­si­asm for the plan­ning and devel­op­ment of the new Queen’s Nurse pro­gramme.

“We also wish to recog­nise his con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of com­mu­nity men­tal health nurs­ing in Scot­land, through the range of roles he has held up to the present day, cham­pi­oning high qual­ity res­i­den­tial care in his role with Ersk­ine.”

Steve Con­way, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ersk­ine, said that, in the 18 months since he has been in post as direc­tor of care for Ersk­ine, he has wit­nessed how Mr Bar­ron’s com­mit­ment and drive for con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment recog­nised by the award has led to very real im­prove­ments in the care Ersk­ine pro­vides for res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly those liv­ing with de­men­tia.

“We are very for­tu­nate and will con­tinue to ben­e­fit from his ap­point­ment at Ersk­ine,”he added.

Pre­sen­ta­tion Derek Bar­ron re­ceives his award from Prue Leith

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