Two nurses from Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust have been given the prestigious Queen’s Nurse award by the Queen’s Nursing Institute at a ceremony in London.

Melanie Tanner, the Trust’s Clinical Lead for Children’s services, and Rebecca Bentley, Acting Head of Nursing, have both been recognised for their dedication to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.

The Queen’s Nurse programme honours nurses who have shown a high level of commitment to patient-centred values and brings together community nurses who want to develop their professional skills.

Nurses who have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities and a shared professional identity, allowing them to share best nursing practice and build links with colleagues across different organisations.

On winning the accolade, Rebecca Bentley said: “It’s a huge privilege to be recognised with this award, and it brings great opportunities for professional development.”

Melanie Tanner added: “Being given the title of Queen’s Nurse is such an honour and I look forward to networking with fellow Queen’s Nurses and working for the benefit of community nursing as a whole.”

Both were presented with the title at the award ceremony which was also attended by actor Stephen McGann, who plays the hardworking Doctor Turner in the BBC’s popular drama Call the Midwife.