THREE health workers have been recognised for their ‘commitment and dedication’ to the the NHS by being named Queen’s Nurses.

Emma Brodie, Dianne Hogg and Lisa Cotterell, who all work in the community division at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, are set to receive the title at The Queen’s Nursing Institute awards ceremony in London later this year.

The Queen’s Nurse banner indicates high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.

Emma Brodie, from Briercliffe, is a community clinical team leader at Colne Health Centre and Yarnspinners Health Centre in Nelson.

She spent her early career at The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester before moving to East Lancashire in 2001 to take up a community nursing role in Bacup as a staff nurse. She now oversees the teams who provide care for around 1,000 patients in Pendle.

She said: “I’m really excited that I’ve been named a Queen’s Nurse and am looking forward in the future to improving skills and learning for nurses in the community to improve quality of care for patients.”

Dianne Hogg, a community non-medical prescribing lead works from the Accrington Pals Health Centre, said: “I love working in the community and after 15 years I love the fact that I am still learning new things every day.”

Lisa Cotterell, from Oswaldtwistle, is an advanced nurse practitioner for care homes in the Ribblesdale area. She said: “Nursing for me is a passion and I am very lucky to have a job which I enjoy and enables me to help others on a day to day basis.”

Queen’s Nursing Institute director, Crystal Oldman, said: “Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can. The Queen’s Nurse title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply. ”