A MEMBER of Helensburgh's district nursing team has won a top student nursing award.

Newly-qualified staff nurse Margaret McCairn received the Jean Lochhead Campbell Student Nursing Award, recognising nursing practice in the community, from the University of the West of Scotland.

The award is presented annually at the university's graduation ceremony to student nurses who have demonstrated excellence and potential in making a difference to the ongoing care of patients and their families within communities.

The award is named after former Lanarkshire district nurse Jean Lochhead Campbell, and was gifted by her son, Ali Campbell, a celebrity life coach and bestselling author, in acknowledgement of his late mother's commitment and compassion to providing care to patients and their families in the community.

The nominations for this award came from health professionals mentoring third-year adult nursing students during the clinical practice element of their degree whom they feel they have made a significant difference, making a clear acknowledgement of the student’s efforts in their final year placement areas.

Carol Anne McDade, district nurse team leader for the Helensburgh/Lochside area with the Argyll and Bute HSCP, said: "We are all really delighted for Margaret – it’s a great achievement in recognition of her hard work, dedication and commitment to community nursing. "She has now taken up a full-time post within the team of which she has become a valuable member.”