I have worked as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) for the last eighteen years; accumulating a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of diabetes and its management. This is underpinned by my successful completion of my Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetes and Management and more recently becoming a non-medical prescriber. Locally, I was instrumental in setting up the Diabetes Inpatient Nurse (DISN) service and over the last 14 years have seen first hand the issues that influence the level of care a person with diabetes may receive whilst in hospital. To support my role as a DISN and to facilitate my professional development I have been an active member of the DISN UK Group and most recently have had the opportunity to influence change by representing the group at the Joint British Diabetes Societies meetings, leading jointly on the Hospital Management of Hypoglycaemia in Adults with Diabetes Mellitus guideline. I now hold the position of Lead Nurse for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the East and North Herts NHS Trust; keeping my clinical skills current as a member of the award winning Diabetes Outreach Team (DOT).
As the mother of a young person with Type 1 diabetes and a strong family history of Type 2 diabetes I am passionate about the care that people with diabetes receive.
I have all too often seen the negative effects of inappropriate care given by a well meaning person. My motivation and drive comes from the belief that every person with diabetes has the right to expect that any health care professional or person allied to the profession; has at the very least; a basic knowledge of diabetes; and the right to have receive appropriate, timely, evidence based treatment and that a multi-disciplinary approach is adopted within their individually agreed management plan.