Diabetes specialist nominated for Best of Health awards after 30 years of dedicated work

Lisa Doughty

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A HEALTH specialist has been nominated for an award after more than 30 years of raising awareness of diabetes.

Lisa Doughty, 53, has described her work as a lead diabetes specialist nurse as “a marvellous job.”

Lisa Doughty. Picture by FRANK REID

Lisa Doughty. Picture by FRANK REID

For decades, she has led a service which both raises awareness of diabetes and helps people who already suffer from the condition.

Her work has drawn praise from a member of the public who has nominated her for both Nurse of the Year and for a long term achievement honour at the Best of Health awards.

Her nomination read: “She builds excellent relations with service users and she is a real credit to the NHS.”

For Lisa, her work is an absolute joy to do. She told the Mail: “It is quite a diverse role. Most of it is about education and about helping newly diagnosed people, and helping them to get the right treatment.”

Lisa started with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust in 1981 as a student. She qualified the next year and then went to work in medical wards as well as going into coronary care.

She then got the chance to interview for a job in which the chosen candidate would get to educate diabetics, and won the post.

“It is a marvellous job,” she admits. “It is all about educating patients and about empowerment for people who know nothing about diabetes. Our role is to help them and come to terms with their diabetes. We help them to self manage and help them to reduce the risk of complications.”

From doctors to midwives and GPs to carers, we have had worthy entries across the board in this year’s Best of Health competition, but we want more.

We’re sure there are more doctors and nurses who deserve to be in the running.

We also want to hear about the excellent work done by dentists, teams, pharmacists, optometrists, and midwives.

Anyone who has given long service to the health profession, or who is just starting out in the industry, can also be nominated.

It is so easy to give praise to people who really deserve it. Just nominate them for our ever-popular competition.

Either fill in the form on this page, or visit the Hartlepool Mail website and follow the link on the home page to put your favourites in the running.