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Professors Kevin Hardy and Sarah O'Brien from the Trust's Diabetes Team.
Professors Kevin Hardy and Sarah O'Brien from the Trust's Diabetes Team.
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A LOCAL health team has won a prestigious national award.

St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust’s Diabetes Education through Adult Learning (DEAL) programme picked up a silver award for “best initiative supporting self-care” at the national Diabetes Quality in Care (QIC) awards.

Set up by Professors Kevin Hardy and Sarah O’Brien, the DEAL scheme is aimed at addressing the needs of all people with diabetes, not just selected groups, and it has been incorporated into routine care with no additional resources.

Professor Hardy said: “Education is key to self-management of diabetes – it dispels myths and anxieties, facilitates informed choices and helps people with diabetes feel better about themselves.”