Healthcare team honoured for project

Sandra Singleton (centre) picks up an award on behalf of a team of specialists at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Sandra Singleton (centre) picks up an award on behalf of a team of specialists at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
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A team of healthcare professionals working with children with diabetes has won a coveted national award.

The North West team, led by diabetes specialists from Blackpool Victoria Hospital, scooped The Nursing Standard magazine’s ‘Excellence in Diabetes Specialist Nursing Award’.

Representatives from the team, who developed a new way of improving life for children with diabetes, were presented with the award at a ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London on Friday, May 1. Top comedian, Rufus Hound, hosted the event and presented the awards.

Judges honoured the team which was instrumental in devising and piloting a care ‘manual’ for diabetic youngsters in schools. The manual ensures that all members of staff know exactly what to do to manage a young person’s condition.

Sandra Singleton (pictured), paediatric diabetes nurse specialist for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was fantastic to win the award – we were just so honoured and privileged to be there.

“My colleague Dawn Anderson said it was the pinnacle of her nursing career.

“It’s wonderful to have that recognition. We are really proud of what we have done.

“It is a big boost for the team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. It’s also a testament to all the really good work that is done around the country.”

In 2013 the Children and Young People’s Diabetic North West Network asked Sandra to head up a sub-group to design the care plan.

The plan is now used nationally and is promoted by both the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Diabetes UK.

Trials of the care plan took place in Blackpool, Salford and Preston hospitals.

Sandra, who lives in Hambleton, added: “The project will be reviewed in 2016. It’s a good tool and it really works.

“If other teams want to use the care plan, it’s there to be used.”

“All children with diabetes in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre benefit from it. Parents have told us they like it because the information about their child’s condition is all there for teachers to use.”