Queen’s Nurse Liz Alderton, a District Nurse Team Leader from North East London has received the British Empire Medal for services to nursing in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

As a District Nurse Team Leader, Liz is responsible for leading a team of health professionals delivering complex care to patients in their own homes.

Liz Alderton has been one of the most widely recognised advocates for the District Nursing profession in recent years, raising the profile of this vital specialism and inspiring others. In 2019, she helped the QNI with a new film – in which she appears – to encourage people to take up a District Nursing career.

Liz Alderton commented, ‘I am thrilled to have received this honour in recognition of the work that I do and my many years of service to community nursing. I feel I am representative of hundreds of other district nurses across the country who provide highly skilled, responsive nursing care to people in their own homes and it is good that the importance of the profession is recognised in this way.’

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, the QNI’s Chief Executive said, ‘I am delighted that Liz Alderton has received this honour and extend my warmest congratulations. Liz is an exceptional patient advocate and demonstrates the highest quality of care to patients in the community. She is a wonderful role model and her enthusiasm and love of community nursing is infectious. She has become a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4 speaking about the contribution of the District Nursing service and in particular end of life care in the home. Liz has also hosted journalists, government and senior policy advisors in her practice, where they have shadowed her at work, helping people to understand the vital role played by District Nurses everywhere.’

In 2017, Liz received the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service from the QNI. In addition to her nursing career, Liz has completed the London Marathon five times, raising over £20,000 for a local children’s hospice.

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Some recent articles about Elizabeth Alderton and the work of District Nurses:

https://inews.co.uk/news/long-reads/district-nurses-hidden-heroes-of-the-nhs-funding-cuts-500232

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/09/district-nurses-are-the-real-heroes-of-the-nhs-but-they-are-unde/

https://qni.org.uk/2018/07/27/following-a-district-nurse-in-east-london-summer-2018/

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