A nurse from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) has been shortlisted for a national award after developing an app to combat diabetes.

Learning disability nurse Adam Bennett, who works at Callington Road Hospital, Bristol, is one of the finalists for the Nursing Times Awards 'nurse of the year' award, after creating an app to give people with learning disabilities a sway to learn about sugar levels in food.

Sugar Choice, a free app for Android phones and tablets, presents images of two foods simultaneously and asks the user to tap on whichever they think has the least amount of sugar present.

The app is designed to suit those with learning disabilities, who are up to four times more at risk from type-2 diabetes.

Speaking about the nomination, Adam said: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award.

"Not only does the nomination recognise the work which has gone into developing the app, it also demonstrates the level of importance placed on supporting good health and reducing sugar consumption, particularly in people who have learning disabilities.

"We know that diabetes is a huge drain on the NHS and this is a simple way to help people reduce the amount of sugar they consume in a fun and accessible way.”

The winner of the award will be announced in October.

To download the app go to sugarfreeapps.co.uk.