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RMCH specialist nurse receives inaugural award


Lindsey Rigby, a Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital specialist nurse in congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) has received an inaugural award. She was awarded the 1st Ipsen BSPED Paediatric Endocrine Nurse Award at the 38th Meeting of the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. (BSPED) The occasion was made even more special by Lindsey receiving her award in Manchester as the BSPED holds its annual meetings around the UK.


The Ipsen Paediatric Endocrine Nurse Award was established this year, endorsed by BSPED and worth £1000 to the recipient. The Award recognises and rewards Paediatric Endocrine Nurses for their contribution to nursing practice and healthcare in the UK. 


Lindsey said: “I’m delighted to have won the award. It will enable me to undertake more training and work alongside the world leaders in the management of CHI, a team based at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the USA.”


Angela Casey, Senior Specialist Endocrine Nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, BSPED Nurse Executive Committee chair and a member of the judging panel added: “Any aspect of endocrine nursing could be submitted and the standard of entries was extremely impressive, however Lindsey was a very worthy winner.”


CHI is a rare, complex and serious condition occurring in only 1:25,000-50,000 live births each year and necessitates a care team comprising consultant paediatric endocrinologist, specialist nurse, psychologist, dietitian and speech and language therapist. If the condition is not managed appropriately it can have lasting consequences for the child, however, the incidence is such that even tertiary hospitals may not have the relevant expertise.


The service that offers care to children with CHI was set up in 2006 and is funded by the National Commissioning Group. It offers care at two centres, RMCH and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Lindsey was appointed Specialist Nurse in 2007 to work within the team and run a quaternary out-patient service for CHI patients at the two centres. She soon identified that following an increase in referrals, the out-patient service was not providing a satisfactory service for patients and health professionals were finding it restrictive. Her solution was to establish a dedicated multidisciplinary CHI clinic, with all key members of the team available in attendance to provide advice and support.


Lindsey said: “It took 12 months to set up the dedicated service but all the hard work has been worthwhile. The clinic has been a great success; it has improved clinical care and provided opportunities to train team members, in particular junior doctors. It has also proved to be very successful with the families and led to the formation of a parent support group.”