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Nurse recognised for improving care of children with diabetes  

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A specialist nurse from North Devon District Hospital has won an award for his dedication to enhancing care for children and young people with diabetes.

Since joining the paediatric diabetes team in 2010, Richard Todd has overseen a variety of improvements that have led to better care and outcomes and a reduction in long-term complications.

“The impact on the children’s lives and that of their families is profound”

Chris and Gwen Lock

His work was celebrated at an awards ceremony where he was presented with the Paul Lock Memorial Prize.

Mr Todd, the lead clinical nurse specialist for paediatric diabetes for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, was given the award by Chris and Gwen Lock on behalf of the Paul Lock Memorial Fund.

Dr Paul Lock was a GP trainee on the children’s ward at the hospital when he died in 1998 at the age of 29. His parents Chris and Gwen set up the charity in 2007 with the aim of enhancing the training and development of medical students, junior doctors and nursing staff in paediatrics.

They said: “Richard has made such an impact in changing the ways in which care is delivered across North Devon.

“His work has led to a reduction in the long-term effects of diabetes, a reduction in urgent phone calls for help and guidance and a reduction in hospital admissions and lengths of stay – now the lowest in the South West,” they said.

“The impact on the children’s lives and that of their families is profound,” they added.

Mr Todd said: “The greatest measure of the effect of the changes that were introduced is not quantifiable – it’s the marvellous relationship I have with my young people, families, co-workers and schools in the North Devon area.”


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