Erskine’s Director of Care, Derek Barron, has been awarded the title of Fellow of The Queens Nursing Institute Scotland at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
The QNIS introduced a new Fellowship this year, with Derek being one of three people to be bestowed the honour. Derek was selected to become a Fellow of the Institute in recognition of his contribution to community nursing and professional nursing leadership.
Attending the first annual QNIS Awards dinner at The Hub on Friday night, Derek was presented with a certificate and silver commemorative badge by TV presenter Prue Leith. The badge was specially commissioned by Ortak silversmiths.
The award of QNIS Fellowship aims to create a community of support for the Institute which 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.”
Derek, who lives in Erskine, was also praised for his support in bringing the QNIS into the social media age.
Derek, who has been Director of Care with veterans’ charity Erskine 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 twenty 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.”
Steve Conway, Chief Executive of Erskine, said: “In the 18 months since Derek has been in post as Director of Care for Erskine, I have witnessed how his commitment and drive for continuous improvement recognised by this award has led to very real improvements in the care Erskine provides for our residents, particularly those living with dementia. We are very fortunate and will undoubtedly continue to benefit from his appointment at Erskine.”