This is a new award to recognise an outstanding educator in diabetes. Nominated by his or her peers, the Educator will be delivering excellence in education whether through developing innovative teaching tools or courses; providing mentorship for other educators or; delivering externally developed training. He or she will have a clear patient focus and be seen as a champion for education in his or her area.
Heather Daly, Diabetes Nurse Consultant
Leicester General Hospital
Nurse consultant Heather Daly has been with the diabetes centre at University Hospitals of Leicester for more than ten years, having a tremendous impact on the development and delivery of education to people with type 2 diabetes.
In addition to her role in Leicester, she was also actively involved in the development of DESMOND – the education and self-management programme for people with diabetes – that has gone on to achieve great uptake and influence across the UK.
Her work didn’t stop there, however, and Heather led the extension of this programme into new areas, such as the A Safer Ramadan initiative. This programme provides education to patients, the community and healthcare professionals as to how Muslims with diabetes can observe the holy month, which involves fasting during daylight hours, in a safe way.
The programme has helped to raise awareness of the need for safer fasting, and Heather presented the results of the initial testing of this programme at the International Diabetes Federation conference in Dubai in 2011.
Her colleagues also highlighted Heather’s dedication to training others – both healthcare professionals and members of the public. This has led to her involvement in developing a quality assurance framework for DESMOND to ensure that the programme is delivered to the same standard whoever the facilitator is.
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