I qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1985 and as a Registered Sick Children Nurse (RSCN) in 1991. In 1995 I started diabetes nursing with children, young people and their families. I have worked across hospital and community trusts and also do voluntary work for Diabetes UK for their Type 1 events. I have helped to shape local, regional and national policy during through my work.
I was a guideline development group member for the 2015 NICE guidance for children with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and also a specialist committee member for the 2016 NICE Quality Standards for children and young people with diabetes. In February 2016 I was appointed to the Council of Healthcare Professionals representing paediatric diabetes. I also had the honour of presenting diabetes in children and young people to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes at the House of Commons in September 2016.
I have written articles for national diabetes journals as a lone author and in conjunction with others over the last three years and have obtained my MSc Advanced Diabetes Educator ( Children young people and families) in February 2017.