Clare awarded Queen’s Nurse title

Clare Stiles (right) accepting her award from guest attendee Prue Leith, who is a judge on the Great British Bake Off. Photo: Lesley Martin Photography/QNIS

A HEALTH worker from Shetland has been given the coveted title of Queen’s Nurse after completing a nine-month development programme.

Children’s health team leader Clare Stiles was one of 20 people to be given the award earlier this month by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS).

She looks after a team of health visitors, school nurses and children’s nurses in Shetland.


The Queen’s Nurse title has been given out since the late 1800s and was traditionally awarded to nurses who completed training which allowed them to work as district nurses.

The title is now available to “individual nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice.”

Stiles said: “I want our nursing to be excellent. To be the very best it can possibly be, and to make a difference to people’s lives.

“Being a Queen’s Nurse is challenging me to think about how I achieve that, and pushing my boundaries creatively.

“It’s been an incredible experience and I feel it’s been a real honour to be selected for the QNIS programme. It has taken me on a momentous journey of learning which I look forward to sharing with my team who have supported me throughout.”

Other winners of the title this year included a midwife caring for asylum seeking mothers in Glasgow and a mental health nurse.

The awards were given out at a QNIS ceremony in Edinburgh on 1 December.