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Members of Highland Council’s Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee have congratulated the lead nurse for Care Experienced Children and Young People, Helen Gilpin, who was presented with the Queen’s Nurse Award in November 2021.
Ms Gilpin was accepted onto the Queen’s Nursing Institute for Scotland Programme during March 2021 and spent the following nine months working towards the prestigious Queen’s Nurse Award.
Based in Skye, she is an experienced specialist nurse and active member of her local community. Her award programme project focused on the health needs of care experienced children and young people culminating in the Queen’s Nurse Award presentation in November.
The award is presented to only a very few nurses each year and is given in recognition of outstanding qualities, skills, learning and endeavour. The Queen’s Nursing Institute is the most prestigious nursing institute in the UK and was established by Queen Victoria in the late 1800s.
Chairperson of the local authority’s Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee, Councillor Linda Munro, said last week: ‘On behalf of the committee, we offer Helen our sincere congratulations for her success in attaining this prestigious award. Such an achievement is testament to Helen’s unwavering commitment to her work along with the care-experienced children and young people living here in Highland.’
Councillor Munro continued: ‘We are incredibly proud of Helen’s contribution in Highland and recognise that the learning and experience gained in working towards this award will serve to further support positive outcomes for Care Experienced Young People and Children and the delivery of The Promise.’