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Health / Diabetes nurse Alison wins national award

Diabetes specialist nurse Alison Irvine: 'a fantastic honour'. Photo: NHS Shetland

NHS Shetland nurse Alison Irvine has been named as Nurse of the Year at the Scottish Health Awards ceremony, which was held in Edinburgh on Thursday night.

Irvine, a diabetes nurse specialist has been awarded the accolade in recognition of the work she does to support people with diabetes to manage their condition and live healthy, active lives.

Responding to winning the award she said she felt “gob-smacked” and added: “This is a fantastic honour and a huge thing for me personally.

“What I must say is thank you to NHS Shetland who have trained me and supported me over many years. I am so proud to work where I do.”

Irvine has been working as the diabetes specialist nurse with NHS Shetland for almost ten years.

NHS Shetland director of nursing and acute services, Kathleen Carolan, said this was great recognition for all her hard work over a number of years.

“Alison truly has helped transform peoples’ lives,” she said.