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Outstanding health visitor

finulua deehanCongratulations to Finulua Deenan, one of the Trust's Health Visitors, who scopped 'outstanding individual contribution' in a recent regional awards scheme.

Health Visitors across the north east were recognised for their great contribution to the lives of local families in an awards ceremony held at Ramside Hall, Durham.

Look North's Carol Malia presented the winners with their awards at the event, and congratulated them on their success. "This ceremony was a wonderful celebration of the work our regions Health Visitors deliver in our communities. It is essential we recognise their commitment to this important profession. I have been at the receiving end of this service and the treatment I received was excellent."

The Trust was delighted to see Finnulua Deenan, a Health Visitor in Darlington presented with the 'Outstanding Individual Award'.

The judges said: "Finulua has been awarded the Outstanding Individual Contribution Award because of her exceptional and effective work with the Darlington Travelling Community. The increased uptake in immunisations and the use of dental health services by the travelling community is a testament to her success and to the trust and respect she has developed with this vulnerable group. Finulua's colleagues emphasised her outstanding knowledge about the travelling community, her determination to ensure the voice of the travellers is heard when services are being developed and her unerring loyalty to the travellers over many years which has been so beneficial in facilitating their access to health care."

Health Visitors aim to improve the health of families and children in the crucial first few years of life. Working in the community, they prevent illness and promote health and wellbeing.

Published: 3 October 2012

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital