Royal seal of approval for Oldham nurse

A local nurse has been recognised by the prestigious Queen’s Nursing Institute for her commitment to improving standards of care for patients. 

Sara Handley, from Royton, now holds the official title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’ in recognition of her achievements.  Only a handful of nurses are awarded the title each year.  Queen’s Nurses are recognised for their commitment to high quality care for patients, who earn patients’ trust and respect and who are role models for colleagues.

Sara HandleySara has worked in adult nursing since 1998, holding a number of positions.  In her current role as practice development lead, she works with district nursing services across Oldham to improve standards of care, develop skills and spread innovation. 

“I feel very honoured and privileged to receive this recognition,” said Sara. “For me as an experienced nurse in a senior clinical position, sharing my values, knowledge and clinical expertise will support self-confidence in other nurses to acknowledge their skills and development needs.

“I strive to facilitate in others the professional commitment required, which drives our determination to ensure that we address head on the challenges facing our profession today and in the future.

“I joined nursing to make a difference and one must never underestimate the significance of our profession. As health and social care changes, what does not alter is the fundamental human need to be looked after with care, dignity, respect and compassion. To achieve this, the enduring values of nursing and care must always underpin our work.” 

Some of Sara’s significant achievements have included undertaking a comprehensive review of district nursing services to improve care delivery and standards, supporting nurses to adopt electronic systems, rolling out a flu vaccination programme to vulnerable patients and developing a training programme to improve standards in care homes. 

Sara’s manager, Alyson Wadsworth, commented: “Sara is a dedicated community nurse with an enthusiasm for improving the quality of care. In her current role, she remains clinically focused to ensure the support she is providing is up to date and relevant. Enhanced with her passion for learning and teaching, Sara is an asset to Pennine Care and has been instrumental in the redesign of district nursing in our borough.”

The Queen’s Nursing Institute is a registered charity dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in the home and community. For more information visit