Nurse wins ‘Inspirational Leader’ award

13 December 2016

A CWP nurse has been named ‘Inspirational Leader’ at a regional awards ceremony highlighting positive NHS practice across the North West.

Lead Nurse and Clinical Director for Substance Misuse Services Linda Johnstone was honoured at the 2016 NHS North West Leadership Academy Recognition Awards.

For more than 20 years Linda helped to deliver drug and alcohol support services in Wirral, before moving to our Cheshire East Substance Misuse Service in February 2015.

Over the past two decades Linda and her teams have worked with sex workers on HIV prevention, delivered a flu vaccination scheme for homeless individuals and provided support for victims of sexual assault, along with a number of other ground-breaking initiatives.

Under Linda’s leadership the Cheshire East Substance Misuse Service has also developed relationships with third sector organisations to support dependant people who want to become drug and alcohol-free.

Linda said: “I’m honoured to have been named ‘Inspirational Leader’ at such a prestigious event. I couldn’t have won this award without the help of the fantastic teams I’ve worked with.

“CWP’s Substance Misuse Services are forward-thinking, cohesive teams with fantastic management and skilled workers who provide high-quality to care to so many different people.”

CWP Clinical Service Manager Jane Newcombe nominated her colleague Linda for the award. Jane said: “Linda has consistently and persistently fought to provide ‘gold standard’ services for individuals who are often marginalised and stigmatised because of their substance misuse.

“Linda’s drive and commitment is second to none. She is fully committed to ensuring patients are treated with dignity and respect by the nursing team, frequently going the extra mile to care for people who would not usually engage with wider health services.

“Linda really is an ambassador in the field of substance misuse and has been an inspiration to the nurses working with her.”

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership offers a range of services for people with learning disabilities or mental or physical health needs in Cheshire and Wirral. For more information on CWP’s Substance Misuse Services please visit


Photo: Linda Johnstone and her NHS North West Leadership Academy Recognition Award

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