A Burgess Hill community matron from a proactive care team in Mid Sussex has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse.
Tracey Perris was recognised by The Queen’s Nursing Institute with the title that 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.
Tracey said: “It was an honour to be awarded the title of Queens Nurse and be a member of the Queens nursing institute. It is a fabulous network of professionals who are passionate and committed to excellent patient care, promoting best practice and innovation.
“I believe a key responsibility of experienced nurses is to share good practice and be a positive role model and advocate for developing community nurses. I want to encourage recruitment and protect the future of community nursing.
“Becoming a member of the Queen’s nursing institute allows me to become part of a fabulous network of professionals who are committed to the same values for learning and support and are committed to caring for people in their own homes.”
Tracey began her nursing career in 1981 and has worked in community nursing roles ever since.
Her current role as community matron for proactive care in Mid Sussex involves using advanced skills and expert knowledge to assess patient needs and reduce the need for hospital admissions.
Proactive care is the new way that to support people who have complex long-term health conditions and social care needs, helping them to self-manage their care more independently.
Susan Marshall, chief nurse at Sussex Community NHS Trust, said: “Congratulations to Tracey for her success. Her current role as community matron for proactive care is helping us to lead the way in caring for people with complex health and social care needs.
“This recognition of Tracey’s nursing career and commitment is much deserved.”