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North Mid nurse crowned UK’s Nurse of the Year at prestigious national awards

Nursing care and leadership at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust (North Mid) has been recognised nationally at this year’s Nursing Times Awards 2022 after winning two awards. Anne Biggs, children’s community matron was announced as the Nurse of the Year and the children’s allergy team came out on top in the managing long term conditions category for their comprehensive, compassionate and caring children’s allergy service.  

Anne Biggs picked up the 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 were 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.

Anne Biggs, children’s community matron, 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”. 

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 nine awards at this year’s awards:

  • Children’s Service of the Year Award
    • Improving the lives of children, young people and families living with allergic conditions in urban north London
    • Parent-led ward rounds in neonatal care
  • Managing Long-Term Conditions Award
    • Improving the lives of children, young people and families living with allergic conditions in urban north London
    • Closing the gap between glycaemic control and health inequalities
  • Team of the Year Award
    • Parent-led ward rounds in neonatal care
    • Closing the gap between glycaemic control and health inequalities
  • Care of Older People Award
    •  Joining the Acute Frailty Network
  • Patient Safety Improvement Award
    • Joining the Acute Frailty Network
  • Nurse of the Year Award
    • Anne Biggs

A full list of winners for the Nursing Times Awards 2022 can be found on the Nursing Times website.

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