Congratulations to Janice Richardson on receiving the QNIS Community Award

Nurses receive special recognition for long service to their communities

NURSES from across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been recognised for their work helping to care for the health and wellbeing of people in the community.

A total of 27 nurses received the QNIS Community Award for Long Service at a special online ceremony, marking the dedication and “tremendous contribution” they bring to their roles.

Congratulating the nurses on behalf of NHSGGC and our partner Health and Social Care Partnerships, Leanne Connell, Interim Chief Nurse for East Dunbartonshire, said:

“It was pleasure to join this online service to recognise the unique contribution of this cohort of General Practice Nurses. Person-centred care is at the heart of everything that we do, and these nurses are very epitome of that ethos. Every day they deliver multi-generational care directly to the public and the work they do is critical to the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.

“I would like to thank them for their work, and congratulate them for these long service awards.”

The awards are presented by the Queen’s Nursing Institute of Scotland, a charity promoting excellence in community nursing, to any registered nurse who has been working in the community for more than 21 years. Between them, the NHSGGC nurses have racked up a total of more than 700 years of practice nursing experience in the community, with seven of the nurses having served their communities for more than 30 years.

At the presentation, Dr Kerri Neylon, Deputy Medical Director for Primary Care at NHSGGC, said the event was an opportunity to recognise the skills and contribution of general practice nurses who work across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Current role: Project Manager, University of Glasgow
23 years in primary care

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"I qualified as a Registered General Nursee in 1993 and have worked in general practice since 1998.

I work part-time and work as a Locum practice nurse in NHSGGC primary care. I’m also part of the nurse bank delivering COVID-19 vaccines in various community settings.

I completed a BSc Community Nursing degree in 2001 and followed that up with a Master of Primary Care degree in 2013.

I’m particularly interested in health inequalities and helped.

I’m particularly interested in health inequalities and helped to set up a “football for homeless men” group with the kind help of Partick Thistle Charitable Trust whilst working with NHSGGC Community Pharmacists in the Pharmacy and Prescribing Support Unit (PPSU). I looked after the health of the players and referred on to the relevant primary or secondary care requirements such as a GP or Dentist in the Homeless Health Centre, Glasgow.

My other interests include expedition medicine, and I am responsible for nurse cover on the ‘Sport with a Purpose’, Orbis Expeditions in Malawi involving Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes. In 2018, we helped to launch Street Chef Malawi. This is a small, local initiative designed to get healthy locally grown food on to the streets of Malawi, where malnutrition remains a serious issue. We returned to Malawi in 2019 where we delivered a huge supply of running shoes for the very talented local Malawian runners.

I am due to visit Mongolia in June 2022 with the Scientific Exploration Society (SES) and will provide nurse cover and local healthcare."

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First published: 28 October 2021