Two Manchester nurses have won a national charity award for their work with young heart patients.
British Heart Foundation specialist nurses Linda Griffiths, Jane Hill and Mark Heyhoe were among those receiving recognition this week from the charity at its Healthcare Professional Awards event.
Ms Griffiths, Ms Hill and Mr Heyhoe won the Outstanding Achievement Award for their work at the Manchester Heart Centre.
They and the rest of their team focus on the needs of young heart patients growing up with congenital heart disease. They work in particular on ensuring the transition from paediatric to adult care is seamless, and hold a cardiac transition workshop for 12 to 18 year olds.
They have also developed a dedicated website for young people, a cardiac youth forum that engages in many activities including outdoor pursuits, and a text messaging service.
Other winners included Loreena Hill, from Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, who won the Excellence in Enhancing Cardiac Knowledge award.
Ms Hill has pioneered heart failure services in Northern Ireland after taking up her post in 2002. At the time she was one of only five heart failure nurses in the province. She most recently drove the development of vital guidelines for palliative care in heart failure.
The Highlands Heart Failure Service won the team award for providing exceptional levels of nursing care across one of the most rural areas in the UK.
Tim Chester, a heart failure nurse with the Torbay Care Trust, won the award for Outstanding and Consistent Delivery of Evidence Based Care. Mr Chester, who works alone in the community, is credited with helping to reduce in local hospital admissions for patients with heart failure by 10% in 2008-09.
Catherine Kelly, programme lead for healthcare professionals at the BHF, said: “The letters we receive from patients tell us time and again that our healthcare professionals offer a vital service not only for them but for their families too.
“These awards are one way of recognising and thanking them for the fantastic work they do and the many lives they touch.”