King’s Lynn matron named on inspirational leaders list

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A matron at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been named on a prestigious list of inspirational NHS leaders.

Matron for medicine Claire Kent features on the Nursing Times’ inaugural list of 46 national leaders who will inspire others to follow their example.

Inspirational matron Claire Kent

Inspirational matron Claire Kent

Claire and the other finalists were selected by a judging panel from a shortlist of more than 200 health care professionals.

In selecting her the judges said: “Claire is as close to the front line as it gets and highlights the value of outstanding clinical leadership to senior managers.”

After receiving her award Claire said: “I felt really humbled and proud to find myself on the same list as some really excellent people.

“In our job the patient will always come first. I’m also aware of the importance of staff motivation and morale and helping staff to be the very best they can be.”

Claire started her nursing training at the QEH in 1985 and was a respiratory specialist nurse before taking on her current role. She has developed a training programme on privacy and dignity for the trust’s nurses.

The Nursing Times’ nomination for Claire read: “She is admired for her patient-focused attitude and commitment to caring for both patients and staff.

“She is known for supporting not only her own teams but others across the Trust and for being a valued mentor and coach.”