Dr Andrew Finney given prestigious Queen’s Nurse award

Dr Andrew Finney Dr Andrew Finney, a Keele University Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer of Nursing has been awarded the title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’, making him 1 of only 38 nurses in Staffordshire to achieve this accolade.

The title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’ is given to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to high standards of practice and patient-centred care. As a Queen’s Nurse, Dr Finney will join a network of Queen’s Nurses who are committed to the same values for learning, development and support who engage in various national and regional meetings.

Dr Andrew Finney first undertook his nurse training at Keele University in the late 1990’s. After registration he moved into the speciality of Rheumatology and worked for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust at its Haywood Hospital site before the speciality provision moved to the local Primary Care NHS Trust.

Later, Andrew became a Clinical Skills Lecturer at Keele University, where he formed part of a skills team that was responsible for the clinical skills teaching of all pre-registration student nurses across all fields. He was then seconded to the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences in 2010 and went on to complete a PhD in 2014.

At present, Dr Finney divides his time between working in the School of Nursing and Midwifery as a Senior Lecturer where he is the programme lead for the Fundamentals in General Practice Nursing programme; and within the Research Institute working on various research areas. He has also received several years of funding to undertake the role of Evidence-Based Practice Lead for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups where he works with primary care nurses to question and appraise the ‘best evidence’ within their general practice roles.

Dr Finney commented: “I am honoured to be awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse as it recognises my continuing commitment to improving standards of care in primary care nursing. My application was based on both my educational and research roles in primary care and was supported by two student testimonials. The award allows me to be part of a community of Queen’s Nurses, opening up new networks and opportunities.”

Professor Christian Mallen, Director of the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences extended his warmest congratulations by adding: “This title is only awarded to nurses who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to patient care and nursing practice, and to be one of only 38 nurses in Staffordshire to receive this prestigious title only makes Andrew’s achievement even more impressive.”

Dr Finney will be formally presented the award during a ceremony in London on the 21 June 2019.