Tayside mental health nurse accepted to Queen’s Nurse Programme

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A community mental health nurse manager has been accepted to the prestigious Queen’s Nurse Programme for 2019.

Lindsey Griffin has worked in mental health in Perth & Kinross for 30 years, with 14 years as manager of the adult community service.

The nine-month Queen’s Nurse development programme is run by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) and recognises excellent nursing practitioners who really make a difference to their communities.

After completing the programme participants are awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse which was reintroduced by the QNIS in 2017 after a 50-year break to recognise clinical leaders working within community nursing who can demonstrate their impact as expert practitioners.

Associate Nurse Director for Mental Health and Learning Disability Keith Russell, who nominated Lindsey for the programme, said, “It is quite an achievement as there are only 20 places available nationally and there are very few mental health nurses who have been selected for the programme. This is great recognition of Lindsey’s commitment and dedication to mental health nursing.”

Over the last few years, Lindsey has led in service-wide clinical pathway developments for patients with severe and enduring mental health problems working to ensure equity of service delivery for the people served within communities.  Her current post is clinical and professional team manager in Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership.

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