Kate qualified from Barts, London in 1996. Working part-time as a registrar gave Kate the opportunity to broaden her interests by taking up a two year part time secondment for NHS Diabetes in 2008 whilst also joining the Think Glucose team at the NHS Institute in Warwick. These experiences ignited a passion for service improvement and it was a natural move for Kate to take up a lead consultant post for the new West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service (WHCDS), launched in April 2010.
Patient empowerment has been at the heart of Kate’s strategy for developing an intermediate community service which has relocated type 1 and type 2 diabetes care into the community and is supported by a portfolio of education for patients and healthcare professionals alike. Patient engagement has been vital to the success of the service.
As a team, the community diabetes service has invested heavily in leadership development, leading to successful nominations at the 2013 Quality in Care Awards and HSJ Care Integration Awards. The team were shortlisted for both leadership and diabetes team categories at the BMJ awards 2014. In 2015 the WHCDS was one of the first community diabetes services to be successfully recommissioned.
This year Kate was privileged to be asked to deliver the Mary MacKinnon lecture at Diabetes UK annual professional conference. Kate took this opportunity to encourage healthcare professionals to be bold in designing services that meet the needs of their community.