Kathryn Currah from Stanhope in County Durham has been recognised nationally for her work with children and young people.
Ms Currah, a clinical nurse specialist working for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded the bronze Shire Bursary Nursing Award for Innovation in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The award was presented for developing services, raising awareness and sharing good practice, along with the prize bursary of £500.
It recognises her successful bid to commissioners to employ more psychology and advisory teaching staff. Her initiative plans to develop teacher training, school liaison, parent support groups and a more modern assessment process for patients living in Derwentside.
Alongside this, she has also developed new ideas of integrating children and young people socially by working alongside an associate practitioner to accompany them to social situations. Together they have set up fishing groups and plan to develop allotments.
Ms Currah said: “I’m delighted to have been presented with the bronze Shire Bursary Nursing Award and the £500 prize will help me to further my work in this area for the people of Derwentside and North Durham.
“This adds to my silver award which I received in 2011 again in recognition of my work with children and young people who have ADHD.”
Shire Pharmaceuticals set up the annual Shire Bursary Nursing Awards for Innovation in ADHD programme to recognise and support nurses working the area of ADHD in the UK, who demonstrate outstanding development and commitment in their field.