A Merton woman has been honoured for her exceptional patient care and leadership qualities in the nursing world.

Fiona White has worked as a nurse consultant at NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group for the past five years and was recently given the title of Queen’s Nurse.

Awarded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, it goes to people who have "demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care, nursing practice, leadership and learning."

Ms White said she was looking forward to continuing to champion the role of nurses.

“The title Queen’s Nurse is open to nurses who want to demonstrate their commitment to patient centred values and continually improving practice," she said.

"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.”

As well as her work at the CCG, she has also worked as a nurse practitioner at Morden Hall Medical Centre since the early 1990s, where she professionally supports the nurses and health care assistants.