18 April 2023

Diabetes nurse wins silver in nurse of the year award


Erwin Castro, Diabetes Nurse Consultant

Congratulations to Erwin Castro, Diabetes Nurse Consultant, who has been awarded silver in the Diabetes Nurse of the Year Awards, held by the British Journal of Nursing.

The award recognises clinical excellence in nursing and Erwin was nominated by Professor Umesh Dashora, Consultant in Endocrinology and Diabetes.

The nomination for Erwin reads: “Erwin is very passionate about diabetes care earning recognition, both locally and nationally. He was key to the national insulin safety week, which he piloted at the trust and is now an annual national awareness campaign. He has written multiple journal articles, co-authored national guidelines for the Joint British Diabetes Societies, is a member of the Journal of Diabetes Nursing editorial board, was Chair of the national Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse UK Group and member/co-founder, Safe Insulin Prescribing Group, ABCD.

“The innovation and dedication Erwin has to improve care for people with diabetes has made a significant impact on the quality of care locally and nationally. The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit has shown year on year sustained improvement in the incidence of medication errors, insulin errors and hypoglycaemia. He was instrumental in securing Flash Glucose Monitoring for people with Type 1 diabetes, making a significant difference to the care we provide, especially during the pandemic when face to face consultations were limited. Working closely with the Integrated Care Board and the trust has led to enhanced resources for diabetes care locally from secondary care, to intermediate care, and primary care. His contributions nationally continue to positively impact the care for people with diabetes.

“Through his leadership and passion, he was able to promote diabetes inpatient nursing on a national stage at the Diabetes Care Professional Conference, and consequently expand its membership. He has been working tirelessly to improve the resources of diabetes services locally, all with the ethos of improving care for people with diabetes and enabling continued staff professional development. His contributions to national guidelines through the Joint British Diabetes Societies and ABCD Safe Insulin Prescribing will continue to improve patient safety and support delivery of consistent quality diabetes care nationally. His active participation and involvement in diabetes safety awareness campaigns locally and nationally will continue to make a positive impact on care for people with diabetes.”