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Nurse of the Year honoured for diabetes work

A nurse from Hertfordshire has won the coveted 'Nurse of the Year' title at the inaugural General Practice Awards 2012 for her work with diabetics.

More than 650 healthcare professionals came together to celebrate the work of general practice teams up and down the UK at a glittering awards ceremony at the Hilton hotel in Park Lane, London yesterday (1 November 2012).

Marie Nash said she was "shocked" to win the PSUK sponsored award.

"I was so shocked to win the award," she said.

"It was an honour just to be a finalist. The whole night was so exciting but I never imagined that I would actually win. It was such a lovely, special night and it was great that I had my practice team with me to support me."

Nash was honoured for ensuring excellent outcomes in the all important risk/intervention areas with the aim of preventing or reducing diabetic complications.

The General Practice Awards 2012 was hosted by GP and comedian Dr Phil Hammond who poked fun at senior politicians and NHS training styles.

On a more serious note, Dr Hammond was keen to encourage GP teams to learn from the events of Mid-Staffordshire, Winterbourne View and the Jimmy Saville case, and implored them to have the courage to whistleblow on poor patient care or patient safety issues.

“The first person you have to consider whistleblowing on is yourself,” he said.

The keynote speech was delivered by Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham, who thanked GP teams for “turning around” the NHS during his time as Secretary of State and asked for help in coming up with the “big alternative” to the current reform plans.