2 October 2009
National accolade for local nurses
Two local nurses have been nominated for a prestigious national award for their work in helping obese patients manage their weight.
Practice nurse Christine Goldie, from the Banff and Gamrie Practice, and obesity specialist nurse Jenny Brown from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary have been short-listed for the award by the National Obesity Forum (NOF).
They have been short-listed in recognition of the support they give patients in reducing risk factors such as heart disease, and encouraging self-care.
The nurse-led service, based at Banff, is funded through Robert Gordon University as part of a project run by the institution's Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE)
Professor Iain Broom is Director of CORE. He said:
"I am delighted that the work of the service in Banff is receiving such prestigious recognition and would like to congratulate both Christine and Jenny on this success. This represents a great deal of hard work by both members of staff in progressing the programme, and also by the patients who are involved.
"Research carried out by CORE has proven that many of the distressing conditions associated with obesity can be avoided if obese people lose weight and sustain their weight loss, and this recent success underlines the importance of taking research forward into practice. It is vitally important that projects such as these continue to support the community."
The nurses will be attending the ceremony at the annual conference of the NOF in London on October 5 and 6 as guests of the organisation.