A WIRRAL health visitor's dedication has earned her the prestigious title of Queen's Nurse.

Jo Chwalko, from Wirral Community NHS Trust, was awarded by The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI).

The title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.

Jo, who will receive her award during a ceremony on May 12, said: "I feel very honoured to receive the Queen's Nurse title.

"I am passionate about delivering a Health Visiting service that meets the needs of our community and feel proud that my achievements have been deemed worthy of such recognition.

"The changes made to improve the Health Visiting service reflect a team effort.

"I consider myself very fortunate to work with such proactive colleagues and for a Trust which encourages creativity and innovation."

Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.

Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI, said: "Congratulations are due to Jo Chwalko for her success.

"Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can.

"The Queen's Nurse title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply."

The title of Queen’s Nurse is open to community nurses with more than three years' experience.

Managers and patients provide feedback about applicants, which is assessed along with their application.