The Queen's Nursing Institute
Dr Crystal Oldman CBE is chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute. Crystal started her NHS career in 1975 as a ward orderly and after qualifying as a nurse at University College Hospital, she worked in some of the most deprived communities in London. Crystal also spent 18 years in Higher Education, where her role as Dean included the development of evidence based practice within the integrated community nursing, primary and social care workforce. Crystal’s interest in leadership and management inspired her doctoral studies into the knowledge, skills and attributes of middle managers and this research was completed in 2014. Crystal is a governing body nurse with Chiltern and Aylesbury CCGs, with an interest in quality and transforming primary and community services to meet the national agenda of care being delivered closer to home. She recently chaired the NHS Improvement working group on safe caseloads in the district nursing service. Crystal was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2017 for services to community nursing and her leadership of the QNI.