A LABOUR of love has paid off for a South Tyneside nurse specialising in caring for young pregant women, after she scooped a national award.
Elaine Doherty, who works for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust as pregnancy options advisor, was named sexual health professional of the year at the UK Sexual Health Awards.
She shares the honour with London healthcare assistant Tinu Oluwatoyin, after judges said they were unable to split the pair.
It was an accolade well worth waiting for – the dedicated health worker was a runner-up in the same category in 2008.
Mrs Doherty was commended for her “drive and commitment”, with the judges saying they were particularly impressed by the “range and quality of work that she undertakes among women of all ages”.
She said: “It is an absolute privilege to work in this field and I am so surprised to receive this award, as I just feel I am doing my job.
“I am fortunate to work for South Tyneside Trust as they have always been so supportive and encouraged development.”
Mrs Doherty works particularly with pregnant women under the age of 18 to support them in their decisions about their future, and to prevent further unplanned pregnancy.
After working as a gynaecology ward sister at South Tyneside District Hospital for more than a decade, she took up her current position in 2001.
The award was one of nine categories presented on Friday evening by comic, novelist and actor Jenny Eclair, at a ceremony in central London.
South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Lorraine Lambert said: “Elaine is a dedicated professional and it is tremendous that her work in her specialist field has been acknowledged with such a prestigious award.”