Two popular Gloucestershire nurses scoop national award
Two popular Gloucestershire nurses have scooped a national nursing award.
Debbie Sibley, of College Yard surgery in Gloucester, and Gail Winter, of Sevenposts surgery in Cheltenham won the Bank Nurses Award on Tuesday at the 2013 Nursing Standard Awards at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The Bank Nurses Award was awarded to the pair for their work helping to deliver a programme to people who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes.
The Diabetes Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) programme delivers patient education to people with Type 2 diabetes.
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Debbie and Gail deliver the programme as bank nurses, whilst also working in their surgeries.
Debbie and Gail said: "It is a real honour to win the Bank Nurses Award; we were completely shocked to even be nominated so to win was a great bonus.
"We're really pleased to see that bank nurses are being recognised and the great work that the DESMOND programme provides is being acknowledged."
Karen Barraclough, head of governance at NHS Professionals, said: "It was my great privilege to be part of the panel that shortlisted the entries for the excellent work of these three bank nurses.
"Debbie and Gail make worthy winners and are shining examples of the best of bank nursing."
Nursing Standard's editor in chief Jean Gray said: "Well done Debbie and Gail, whose work helps those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes to better manage their condition. We are delighted to recognise their contribution with the Bank Nurses Award."