Published: 16/03/2017 12:00 - Updated: 16/03/2017 14:27

'Nurse of the Year' accolade for 'amazing' Raigmore IBD specialist

David Armour: IBD nurse of the year
David Armour: IBD nurse of the year

A MUCH-VALUED nurse from NHS Highland has scooped a major UK-wide accolade in recognition of his excellent work with patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

David Armour, lead advanced nurse IBD for NHS Highland, has been named IBD nurse of the year at this year’s final of the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) Awards.

The BJN Awards recognise and celebrate the individuals who go above and beyond in delivering care and deserve to be celebrated.

Speaking before the awards, which were held on Friday, Isobel Mason from Crohn’s and Colitis UK explained that the charity initially encouraged members of the public to contact their local health board explaining the value of the IBD specialist nursing role and, if they liked, why their local service was so important to them.

Isobel said: "The IBD nursing service at Raigmore Hospital received more responses than any other service in the UK, highlighting just how valued it is by those who use it.

"In the comments received, Dave has been described as ‘amazing’ with one patient saying they ‘would never had made it through the hardest time of my life without him’. It’s a fantastic achievement and recognises the quality and innovative nature of the work he is doing. He really deserves it."

Dave Armour said: "I am absolutely honoured and delighted to receive this award. What we do is very much a team effort and this highlights the excellent IBD team that we have here in NHS Highland.

"It’s great to hear such complimentary things said about you and it is good to know that the work we all do is both appreciated and recognised by our patients."

Iona McGauran, lead nurse for Raigmore Hospital, said: "I am delighted to hear that Dave has been awarded such a prestigious award which acknowledges the fantastic work he does every day with patients.

"There is no one more deserving of such an award and Dave epitomises the real meaning of person centred care in every sense."

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