Allergy team at North Mid in double awards win

North Mid nurse crowned ‘Nurse of the Year’ at prestigious national awards while her colleagues were also recognised

Pictured with their awards are (left) Adele Durge, paediatric allergy clinical nurse specialist, and (right) Anne Biggs, children’s community matron

A North Mid staffer has been named ‘Nurse of the Year’ in one of two big awards handed out to the Edmonton hospital’s children’s allergy service this week.

Nursing care and leadership at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust was recognised at this year’s Nursing Times Awards. Anne Biggs, a children’s community matron, came out on top in the nursing category, while the children’s allergy team was also recognised in the managing long term conditions category for their “comprehensive, compassionate and caring” children’s allergy service.  

Anne picked up the nursing award after judges praised her for transforming many lives with an “outstanding” understanding of allergy care. She has led the development of evidence-based allergy services that have had a significant impact, particularly for children with eczema.

The children’s allergy team as a whole was also praised for recognising an unmet need of children living with the debilitating conditions of undiagnosed food allergies, severe eczema, asthma, rhinitis, and the co-morbidities of infants with cow’s milk protein allergy. The team developed a “comprehensive and successful” children’s allergy service at North Mid, providing expert, responsive and accessible care to a large urban population in North London where 82% of families are from a minority ethnic group.

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Anne said: “I am beyond honoured, proud and humbled to have won this award. It is a huge privilege to be a children’s nurse at North Mid and work with teams so dedicated to providing expert care to the children and young people in Enfield and Haringey.”

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Adele Durge, paediatric allergy clinical nurse specialist, said: “On behalf of all the team, we are so thrilled to be announced winner of this award. Supporting children, young people and their families in our local community to thrive with their long-term allergic conditions is so important to us.

“It is wonderful to receive this recognition and raise the profile of our speciality as we work to improve the lives of children living with allergic diseases.”

Sarah Hayes, chief nurse at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “I am immensely proud of Anne and our children’s allergy team, who deserve to have the national spotlight on them for the incredible work they do for our local communities. 

“Winning such a prestigious award will provide a real boost to our teams, whose professionalism, compassion and dedication to our patients are a source a real pride for me and I am grateful to work alongside them, and all of our nurses.”

North Mid was shortlisted for a total of nine awards at this year’s Nursing Times Awards. A full list of winners can be found on the Nursing Times website.

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