Hazel Hamilton has worked in the community for over 23 years in a variety of roles, including five years spent as a manager of nursing in a residential care home. In order to become more responsive to changing patterns of patient need, she was instrumental in reconfiguring the district nursing teams from seven small ones to three larger teams.
In her role she is responsible for 40 staff and around 700 patients, allowing her to be influential in the day to day running of the teams and ensuring the delivery of safe, effective, person-centred care.
She believes that by becoming a Queen’s Nurse she will be in an even greater position to inspire others, better equipped to engage and empower the workforce to bring innovation into reality. Hazel sees the Queen’s Nurse as an advocate making sure that as the community nursing roles evolve, care is not compromised and the public’s experience is enhanced.
Her project would see third year nursing students in designated education programmes in care homes across the region, developing their skills and improving patient care.
Graham Haining, Nurse Manager, Annandale and Eskdale
Hazel … has shown professionalism, drive, a desire for quality improvement and an enthusiasm for person centred care.