Diabetes Specialist Nurse (Medway NHS foundation trust & Rainham Primary Care Network
Amanda qualified as a general nurse in 2010 and moved into Diabetes Care in 2014. Amanda initially started as a junior inpatient DSN, within a few years she then went on to lead the diabetes nursing service at Medway NHS Foundation trust. Since 2019 she has taken on a 2 year project based across a Primary Care Network (PCN) with 1 day remaining in the hospital doing outpatient clinics and Peri-operative diabetes and 4 days a week working across 10 GP surgeries in Rainham. Amanda Is a non-medical prescriber and has done a PgDip in Advance Practice. Amanda is currently studying to complete her MSc in diabetes at Kings College London.
Amanda Is the founder of the Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum UK, an online group of healthcare professionals who specialise in diabetes. The DSN forum won QIC Diabetes Healthcare professionals of the year in 2019 and were also finalists for the Health Service Journal Value awards in the same year. The forum now spans across many social media sites such as Facebook, linked in, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, & WordPress. The forum team try to attend all of the main diabetes conferences and report back the latest innovations in diabetes care to their 1450 closed group Facebook members, 2700 twitter followers and to their many other readers via their monthly newsletter which is now printed within the journal of diabetes nursing.
Amanda is also an editorial board member of guidelines for nurses and has recently become part of the steering committee for the Diabetes Professional Care Conference. Amanda has a interest in type 1 diabetes technology and mental health in diabetes, her enthusiasm for mental health led her to organise and co-chair the first diabetes and mental health conference ‘Mind of Matter’ with NHS England which saw leaders in Diabetes & Mental health discuss a plan to improve services across England.