A BARNSLEY community nurse had been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse in recognition of his commitment to supporting patients over almost three decades.

The title of Queen’s Nurse is formal recognition for those in the industry that they are part of a professional network of nurses committed to delivering and leading outstanding care in the community.

David Yockney, a registered nurse professional lead, was given the title by The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) last month for his commitment to learning, leadership, and excellence in patient care.

David qualified as a registered nurse in 1995 and went on to work as a staff nurse at The Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Completing a community health care nursing course in 1998 led David to pursue a career in district nursing.

He gained a post as a district nurse in North Derbyshire before moving to Barnsley in 2000 where he continued to work as a district nurse until 2006.

He was then appointed as one of the first community matrons in Barnsley a role he held until April 2023, before becoming the registered nurse professional lead for adult nursing.

As part of David’s role, he works alongside colleagues to offer advice to senior managers whilst also promoting high quality care for those who use and work at the service.

He said: “I’m really proud to have been given the title of Queen’s Nurse by The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

“I’ve spent the vast majority of my career in community nursing and am committed to improving care for patients, their families and carers in every setting.

“To have this recognised by such a prestigious organisation as the QNI is amazing.

“I’m hoping that the opportunities associated with the title of Queen’s Nurse will help me to further promote the vital contribution that nurses make in providing high quality care.

“Having access to a network of like-minded nurses, who share similar values in terms of leadership, learning, development and support will be extremely valuable and allow me to share best practice and service developments with the objective of further improving the quality of care that patients receive.”