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A District Nurse Specialist Practitioner from Airedale Hospital has been awarded the title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’ in recognition of her high standards of practice and patient care.
Trudy Balderson, from Cracoe, who is Head of Community Services at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and based at Skipton Hospital, is to receive her accolade in October.
She will then join the ranks of one of only 14 Queen’s Nurses in North Yorkshire.The award is given by community nursing charity, The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).  It is not an award for past service but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. 
Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities and a shared professional identity.
Trudy began her career in 1982 as a registered nurse, then qualified as a registered midwife and district nurse working as a dual role practitioner in Craven from 1989.
In 2002 Trudy became Craven locality manager managing a range of community services for adults and children. 
Trudy joined Airedale NHS Foundation trust in 2011 to manage adult community services and is currently responsible for the community nursing, intermediate care services and specialist nursing services provided by the Trust across Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
Trudy said: “I feel honoured and very proud to call myself a Queen’s Nurse. My nursing, midwifery and management career has been predominantly spent within community services working closely with people who are often at their most vulnerable, their families, carers and other services to provide the care and support that people need outside of hospital.
As a Queen’s Nurse I will continue to promote and develop services that are vital to enable people to remain at home, celebrate the fantastic work that community staff deliver and hopefully inspire future Queen’s Nurses to step forward and have their passion and commitment recognised.”
Jill Asbury, Director of Nursing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:“We are very proud that one of our nurses has been given this prestigious title, Trudy works hard to improve patient care and this honour is very well deserved.  This will also give Trudy and her team the opportunity to connect with a supportive network, and access a free development programme, so providing other learning and leadership opportunities so we can continue to be at the forefront of nursing practice.”
Dr Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the QNI said:“Congratulations are due to Trudy for her success.  Community nurses are expert professionals who make a vital contribution to patient health and wellbeing every day. 
“As a national charity the QNI can share innovation and best practice, supporting nurses to deliver excellent healthcare to patients in local communities.”

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