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​Merton nurse practitioner appointed a Queen's Nurse

​Fiona White, a Nurse Consultant at NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Nurse Practitioner at Morden Hall Medical Centre, has been given the prestigious title of Queen's Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen's Nursing Institute. 

The title of Queen's Nurse is awarded to nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care, nursing practice, leadership and learning.  Nurses who hold the title serve as role models in community nursing and benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity. 

Fiona has been a Nurse Consultant at the CCG since 2013 providing clinical leadership and leading nursing for GP nurses and health care assistants in Merton in professional development, immunisations and non-medical prescribing. She also leads on transforming primary care nursing and maternity care nursing for patients in Merton.  She has worked as a nurse practitioner at Morden Hall Medical Centre since the early 1990s, where she also professionally supports the nurses and health care assistants.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the Queen's Nurse Institute said:

"On behalf of the Queen's Nurse Institute I would like to congratulate Fiona and welcome her as a Queen's Nurse.  Queen's Nurses serve as leaders and role models in community nursing, delivering high quality health care across the country. The application and assessment process to become a Queen's Nurse is rigorous and requires clear commitment to improving care for patients, their families and carers. We look forward to working with Fiona and all other new Queen's Nurses who have received the title this year.' 

Fiona, who was awarded the title at a ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on 25 June, said she was looking forward to continuing to champion the role of nurses as a Queen's Nurse:

"The title Queen's Nurse is open to nurses who want to demonstrate their commitment to patient centred values and continually improving practice. I'm really looking forward to networking, sharing learning opportunities with like-minded innovative nurses who have leadership, development and pride in nursing whilst promoting the Queen's Nurse values and encouraging and supporting other primary care nurses to put themselves forward for the prestigious award."

James Blythe, Managing Director of NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

"I would like to say a huge congratulations to Fiona for this award. This is a testament to her commitment to the delivery of high quality services for patients, and her support to primary care nurses locally. We are pleased that her hard work and dedication has been recognised in this way".

Fiona previously worked for the Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust (PCT) as a board nurse. She trained as a state enrolled nurse at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and then converted to become a Registered General Nurse (RGN) at St Helier Hospital. She then moved into working in GP practices where she achieved her BSc and MSc, PGCE in primary care.

Fiona has chaired the South London Nursing Network, locally chairs a local network of CCG nurse leads to deliver change and education for nurses in GP practices. She also sits on the General Practice Nursing Board representing South West London.

Notes to editors:

The title of Queen's Nurse is open to registered nurses with more than five years' experience working in the community. The Queen's Nursing Institute is a registered charity founded in 1887. Find out more on their website at

Fiona was presented with her title at the ceremony by Queen's Nurse Institute Chair of Council Dr John Unsworth and actor Stephen McGann, who plays Dr Turner in the BBC drama 'Call the Midwife'.