A WIRRAL nurse has received national recognition after being shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious British Journal Nursing Awards 2016.

Maria Hughes, from Wirral Community NHS Trust was awarded second place in the Tissue Viability Nurse of the Year award and third place in the Innovation award.

Maria said: "It was a pleasure to receive my awards, which I dedicate to my team in Wirral Community NHS Trust, Allyson and Jay.

"We strive every day to make a difference, delivering high quality patient care.

"We may only be a small team, but play a huge part in preventing hospital admissions and we pride ourselves on innovation."

The awards ceremony took place at Shakespeare’s Underglobe in London, hosted by Paul Bradley, best known for playing Elliot Hope in Holby City

The BJN Awards acknowledge the enormous contribution individual nurses make towards the development of the profession as a whole. They raise the profile and understanding of how nursing is at the centre of all patient care.

Maria was also announced the winner of Wirral Community NHS Trust's 'Employee of the Year' award last month.