A family-run care home group is celebrating the success of two of its senior team members, having both received the prestigious Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) accolade for their continued excellence in social care.
The two proud recipients are Nisha Leo, Manager at Princess Christian Care Centre in Woking, Surrey, and Nicoleta Cristescu, Deputy Manager at Meyer House Care Centre in Erith, Kent — having been recognised their advocacy for individuals, families and carers, as well as their continued commitment to training and development.
Both homes form part of Nellsar Care Homes, which operates a further 11 homes across Kent, Surrey and Essex. Nisha and Nicoleta embody the group’s commitment to ‘caring with passion’ and are an inspiration to their own teams and those of other homes.
The QNI supports leadership, innovation and best practice in order to improve care for people, their families and communities. The award looks to bring together a community of nurses who share common values with a shared title — with a growing network of Queen’s Nurses across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Channel Islands.
Delighted to receive the QNI Award, Nisha said: “Nursing has always been my calling, it’s a journey of compassion, care, and dedication. This achievement fills me with immense delight and passion, knowing that every step in my nursing background has led me to this moment. It’s not just an accolade; it’s a symbol of the profound impact nurses can make in the lives of people they care for.”
Equally passionate about her recent success, Nicoleta commented: “Having started my nursing career in 2016, I quickly progressed to Nursing Unit Manager. It is such a privilege to have a job role that can make a difference in someone’s life and being recognised by the Queen’s Nurse Institute is an honour. I could not have achieved this without Nellsar’s support, having provided an excellent training and development programme. I feel extremely grateful to be a part of a big family.”
From respite, to complex nursing and dementia care, Nellsar’s dedicated teams are equipped to support residents through their changing care needs, every step of the way. Its values focus on the individual, creating an inclusive environment with both residents and staff teams at the heart of its operation.
Marisa Spice, Learning and Development Manager at Nellsar and also a Queen’s Nurse, commented: “I’m especially proud of Nisha and Nicoleta for this achievement as I know that it is awarded in recognition of the skills we have as nurses and what we do with those skills. In our roles in care homes, we are a direct link between so many people in the community and professional colleagues and we can make positive changes in significant ways. I am just so impressed that we now have three Queen’s Nurses at Nellsar and next year there will be even more of us, I’m sure!”