Lisa Baker, from Merton, is the first learning disability liaison nurse in acute care to gain the award.

A nurse at North Devon District Hospital has become the first of her kind in the UK to be awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.

Lisa Baker, from Merton, is the first learning disability liaison nurse in acute care to gain the award.

She was given her new title by The Queen’s Nursing Institute at its spring awards ceremony in London.

Lisa was recognised for her work to set up and develop the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust’s learning disability service.

She said she was ‘thrilled and honoured’: “It’s great that the work we do here in North Devon has been recognised nationally.”

Lisa started her training at the age of 18 and has specialised in learning disability nursing throughout her 27 years in the NHS. She established the learning disability service six years ago.