Queen’s Nurse Sharon Aldridge-Bent has been awarded an MBE for services to community nursing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sharon Aldridge-Bent is Director of Nursing Programmes (Leadership) at the Queen’s Nursing Institute. She originally joined the QNI in 2016 as a Programme Manager and undertook a range of projects for the charity, supporting its strategic priorities and developing the knowledge base in key areas of community nursing education and practice and developing leadership programmes. She was promoted to Director of Nursing Programmes (Leadership) in 2020 and continues to lead on all the leadership programmes that the QNI develops. Under her guidance, the charity has become nationally recognised for its innovative and transformative leadership programmes designed specifically for community nurses.

Congratulations to Sharon on receiving this very well-deserved honour. Sharon has made an enormous contribution to community nursing through her career and continues to do so at the QNI. She has an enviable track record of community nursing practice and care for people in the community. She also does so much to inspire and encourage the nursing leaders of today and tomorrow through the QNI’s leadership programmes, enabling nurses in all community specialisms to reach their potential and improve care in the services they lead and manage.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, the QNI’s Chief Executive

I am delighted and stunned to have received this honour from the Queen, particularly in her Jubilee year. I would like to thank all the amazing community nurses I have worked with and also my colleagues at the QNI for their support and encouragement over many years.

Sharon Aldridge-Bent, MBE

Sharon has a clinical background in district nursing, specialist nursing including Macmillan nursing. She worked as a senior lecturer in a university for twelve years teaching Community Health Care Nursing and Specialist Practitioner Qualification for District Nurses and also nurse education. She was one of the authors of the original QNI resource ‘Transition to Community Nursing’ along with several other resources and became a Queen’s Nurse in 2013.

Sharon is passionate about ‘care closer to home’ and has a particular interest in end of life and palliative care and has been a Trustee for her local Hospice. She is a Magistrate at West London Magistrates court where she has served for over twenty-one years and now sits as a Chair.

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