Celebrating UK nursing heroes

The winners of the first Diabetes Nursing Awards 2024 were announced at a ceremony in London last week.

Hosted by Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE, the evening ceremony celebrated nursing heroes from across the UK who have demonstrated outstanding innovation and excellence in diabetes care.

Beating off tough competition, the Diabetes Nursing Awards winners are:

  • Diabetes Educator of the Year: Paula Lavandeira-Fernandez (Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Innovation Award: ComPASSION project (University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Primary Care Nurse of the Year: Callum Metcalfe-O’Shea (Royal College of Nursing and NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board)
  • Rising Star Award: Grace Grudgings (Leicester Diabetes Centre – University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust)
  • Secondary Care Nurse of the Year: Paula Lavandeira-Fernandez (Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Service Improvement Project of the Year: Laura Gilligan (East Suffolk and North East Essex NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Paediatric Nurse of the Year: Helen Day (Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Research Project of the Year: Integrated Diabetes Care for People with Advanced CKD: Clinical Research Programme (Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust)

Diabetes Nursing Awards event organiser Emily Mayhew said: “We are thrilled to recognise these remarkable individuals who have dedicated themselves to advancing diabetes care and education. Their innovative approaches and tireless efforts have made a significant difference to the lives of people living with diabetes.”

Attended by nearly 100 healthcare professionals, the Diabetes Nursing Awards culminated with a dinner and awards ceremony at the Thistle Marble Arch London on Friday, June 7.

Primary Care Nurse of the Year winner, Callum Metcalfe-O’Shea, UK Professional Lead for Long Term Conditions at the Royal College of Nursing, said: “Winning this award showcases how hard work and passion can reflect in recognition, not only for myself, but for diabetes care as a nursing speciality.

“This means so much to me personally and to be recognised with this award consolidates the desire to further make an impact in the future.”

Organised by leading communications, events and medical education agency Orange Juice Communications, the event celebrated nursing excellence and the unwavering commitment of healthcare professionals in improving diabetes care standards.

For more information about the Diabetes Nursing Awards, visit: www.diabetesnursingawards.co.uk

The Diabetes Nursing Awards were sponsored and funded by pharmaceutical company, A. Menarini Farmaceutica Internazionale SRL. Menarini has had no input into the arrangement or content of the awards.

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