Royal recognition for local nurse
A nurse from CWP attended a royal reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Prince of Wales, in order to thank those engaged in frontline nursing across the United Kingdom.
Linda Johnstone, lead nurse and clinical director for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP) Substance Misuse Service, was nominated to attend the celebratory event by CWP’s Director of Nursing Avril Devaney and was one of 350 guests representing nurses from throughout the profession.
Linda has worked for the Trust for 22 years and became the trust wide lead nurse for Substance Misuse Services in 2001, where she developed a clinical network for nurses to share expertise and best practice in care and treatment for drug and alcohol service users. In 2015, Linda was appointed as a Nurse Consultant and Clinical Director for CWP.
In October 2018, Linda was awarded the ‘contribution to leadership’ award at the CWP Recognition Awards.
Linda commented: “I was taken completely by surprise when I received the invitation to attend Buckingham Palace! It’s an honour to be invited to such a prestigious event. The evening was absolutely wonderful. It was truly inspiring to be surrounded by so many nurses and to see the work we do being celebrated.”
Avril Devaney MBE, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Partnership at CWP, said: “I put Linda forward because of the inspiring work she has done and continues to do for people who access our Substance Misuse Service. Linda is a brilliant role model for nursing and has achieved so much during her time at CWP. I can think of no better person to represent nursing.”