A nurse from Bracknell has been recognised for her commitment to community nursing by being awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen's Nursing Institute.

Joanne King has spent nearly three decades as a respiratory consultant nurse at Frimley Health serving east Berkshire.

The Queen’s Nurse title is available to nurses with a minimum of five years’ experience.

According to the Queen’s Nursing Institute, the title “provides formal recognition of the nurse’s commitment to improving care for patients".

Joanne was awarded the title during the NHS's Celebrating Community Services Week - October 16 to 20.

Joanne qualified as a nurse in 1991 and for the past 15 years has been based at the chest clinic in King Edward VII hospital in Windsor.

She was the driving force behind Frimley Health’s comprehensive Adult Integrated Respiratory (AIR) service, a ‘one-stop shop’ for patients with airways disease promoting self-management and improving access to specialist services.

Joanne said: “I feel delighted and privileged to receive this title. 

"Being awarded the Queens Nurse title is about commitment to deliver the best standard of care to people; for me, those with respiratory illness in their preferred place of care.”

Mena Vallance, head of nursing for specialist medicine, added: “Being awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse is thoroughly deserved. Jo truly is a shining role model for our profession."