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Professor Charlotte McArdle, chief nursing officer for Northern Ireland, and Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, are among three new fellows appointed by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
Rosalynde Lowe, a former chair of the QNI’s council and a current trustee, is the third new fellow to be appointed by the community nursing charity, it was announced today.
“Our three new fellows between them have made significant contributions to promoting the value, significance and leadership potential of nursing”
Ms Lowe, who was awarded a CBE in the 2011 New Year’s honours list, joined the QNI’s council in 2001 and served as its chair from 2002-12.
She chaired a high profile review on health visiting – Facing the Future, a review of the role of health visitors – for the government in 2007.
The QNI also noted she had worked at national, regional and local level in hospital, community and mental health services and primary care in a variety of nursing and managerial positions.
She was chief executive of Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health NHS Trust from 1997 to 2002. She originally studied to be a nurse and health visitor in Newcastle and Durham.
More recently, Ms Lowe has worked internationally as an advisor to the World Health Organization and with the Moscow Red Cross.
She said: “The QNI has been such an important and influential part of my professional life for so long, and it is wonderful to see how it has grown and flourished over the years.
“The QNI’s influence and leadership is needed now more than ever, and it is a huge pleasure and honour to continue to be involved in this dynamic organisation.”
Professor McArdle (pictured above, centre) has served as CNO in Northern Ireland since 2013 and in recent years has overseen an expansion of partnership working with the QNI, the charity said.
“It is a huge pleasure and honour to continue to be involved in this dynamic organisation”
It cited examples including leadership development programmes for district nurses in Northern Ireland and the publication of a district nursing framework for the province.
“I am delighted to receive this fellowship,” said Professor McArdle, noting the important role that community nursing had to play “in enabling a healthier society, as well as providing expert care”.
England’s CNO Ms May (pictured above, right) took up her role in January 2019 and was previously executive director of nursing at NHS Improvement for three years.
Ms May said: “Being made a fellow is a real honour, having worked with the Queen’s Nursing Institute for many years.
“As the profile of community nursing continues to grow, so does the critical role the institute has in determining how we deliver community care in the future.”
QNI chair Dr John Unsworth said: “Our three new fellows between them have made significant contributions to promoting the value, significance and leadership potential of nursing.
“Both Ruth and Charlotte have championed community nursing in their roles as chief nursing officers working alongside practitioners and ensuring that the nursing voice is heard at the highest levels.
“Rosalynde Lowe has for many years worked to strengthen the role of community nurses both in the UK and abroad,” he added.
The fellowship of the QNI is normally presented in person at the charity’s Awards Ceremony in London.
Due to the current pandemic, the ceremony will not take place as planned this summer and presentations will be made at a future time to be confirmed.