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Meet award-winning HIV nurse specialist Gary Barker

After developing a programme helping people living with HIV to access exercise classes, nutrition advice and healthcare, Gary Barker was named the UK's HIV Nurse of the Year 2015 by the National HIV Nurses Association.
Michelle Croxton and Gary Barker

After developing a programme helping people living with HIV to access exercise classes, nutrition advice and health care, Gary Barker was named the UK's HIV Nurse of the Year 2015 by the National HIV Nurses Association.

Since he volunteered with the St John Ambulance as a teenager, Gary Barker knew he wanted to be a nurse.

Now specialty lead nurse for sexual health at St Helen’s Hospital in Merseyside, meeting an inspiring tutor during his nurse training made him realise this was his future.

‘I was in my early twenties and had experience of going to sexual health clinics where I was petrified and probably didn’t need to be,’ he says.

After gaining his nursing diploma from Liverpool John Moores University in 2004, Mr Barker worked in the emergency department (ED)

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