Well Done Debbie!

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A Standish councillor has won a prestigious national award for her work in preventing strokes.

Councillor Debbie Parkinson accepted a HSJ Award with her team for organising a network of volunteers who use ECG devices to identify people who may have an irregular heartbeat which can lead to a stroke.

Debbie, who works in the NHS and who also looks after Standish’s defibrillator machines in a voluntary capacity, is pictured second from left in this photo, taken when she went to London for the awards ceremony this week.

The judges said: “This was an excellent initiative building on a population health approach, demonstrating a significant number of organisations working together.

”The award comes only a week after Debbie was elected to co-chair the Academic Health Science Network PPI Leads Forum, covering the whole of England, which ensures public and patient views are part of decision making in NHS programmes.

Well done, Debbie!