Jamie Hinley

An NHS Fife nurse is among a group of 20 extraordinary clinical nurse leaders to have been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse.

Jamie Hinley was selected earlier this year to take part in a nine-month development programme run by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS).

The Mental Health Care Home Liaison Nurse from Rosyth, was nominated for her commitment to improving outcomes for care home residents living with a broad spectrum of mental illness.

After completing the programme successfully, Jamie was awarded the historic Queen’s Nurse title along with 19 other community nurses and midwives at a ceremony on Friday (2 December) at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh.

Queen’s Nursing in Scotland dates back to the late 19th century, when nurses completed specific training which allowed them to work as district nurses. They provided healthcare and health promotion to people in their own homes and became well respected figures within their community.

Clare Cable, QNIS Chief Executive and Nurse Director, said: “These 20 exceptional individuals can be deservedly proud of being awarded this prestigious title. From the late 1880s, Queen’s Nurses were social reformers who were taking public health into people’s homes to help families take better care of themselves.

"The modern Queen’s Nurses are building on this proud heritage – sharing this pioneering spirit to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities of Scotland. Their roles vary, from bringing care to some of society’s most vulnerable and marginalised groups to supporting people in mental distress or end of life care.

"They represent the geography of Scotland, from rural communities and small islands to concentrated areas within the big cities, but they all demonstrate nursing excellence which makes a real difference to the lives of the people they work with."