Award honour for lead nurse
SALFORD Royal’s Debra Dooley, who is the lead nurse in adult community services, has been given the prestigious title of Queens Nurse.
Dedicated Debra has been awarded the accolade by charity the Queen’s nursing institute, which works to improve the nursing care of people in their own homes and communities.
Debra qualified as a district nurse in 1987 and has spent her whole career in community nursing. She started work in Salford in 2008 as a continence adviser and became lead nurse in adult community services three years later, working to make sure the right staff, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right time.
She said: “I love being a community nurse – it is an absolute privilege to be invited into patients’ homes. No two days are ever the same but every day is interesting and rewarding.”
Salford Royal assistant director of nursing June Roberts said: “I am absolutely delighted that Debra has received this honour and congratulate her for her hard work and dedication. We would love to see other community staff follow in her footsteps and become Queens Nurses.”
The title is given to nurses who are committed to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.
Those who become Queens Nurses get access to development workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.
Debra’s nomination was backed by managers and peers, who sent written reports about the way she works.
She received her Queens Nurse certificate at a ceremony in London in November, weeks after taking to the stage at Salford Royal’s own Staff Awards to accept the Improving Cleanliness Award, with colleagues Amanda Hobson and Fiona Bentham and on behalf of their community colleagues.
SCHOOLCHILDREN will bring some festive spirit to Salford Royal when they sing a selection of Christmas carols for patients and visitors.
The pupils from Light Oaks Junior School, on Lancaster Road, will perform in Hope Building on Friday, December 12, from 2pm.
Volunteers and members of the Trust’s Chaplaincy will also be performing mini carol services on the hospital’s wards this month.
And there will be a carol service in the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Centre at Salford Royal from 7pm on Christmas Eve.
The Salford Royal Choir will also perform Christmas carols in the Hope Building Atrium on Thursday, December 18, from 2pm to 3pm.
Donations will be collected on the day in aid of a local charity. SUSIE Hughes, from RSPCA Manchester and Salford, runs through details of some of the animals waiting for adoption at the centre. DOUGAL is a lionhead lop with semi-long hair who’s still waiting for his forever home.
He is definitely a house bunny, and has great fun running around and playing in his foster mum’s house.
He is sweet-natured and relaxed, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and can’t wait to find his forever home. TOBY is a lovely natured cat that has suffered the most terrible ordeal.
He was found stray and limping with a swollen paw and was collected by an RSPCA inspector.
Thankfully his paw recovered quickly and there was nothing seriously wrong with him but we found a lump behind his ear. The vets were certain it was an air gun pellet and surgical removal proved it to be true. This terrible history may account for Toby’s quiet lifestyle. He likes peace and quiet and to be left to do his own thing.
He needs a quiet, child-free home with a cat-worshipping owner who will adore him just as much as we do. LILA is an adorable two-year-old Staffy cross that we all call our ‘little piglet’.
Lila is looking for a new home after she was removed from a property with four dogs and owners who were unable to cope with them all. She was very scared when she first came into our care, and she still needs that extra bit of reassurance.
Salford Royal lead nurse in Adult Community Services Debra Dooley