Karen’s dedicated work with the Oxfordshire children’s diabetes
team since 1993 has contributed to the education of 1000s of youngsters,
families and healthcare professionals. Her role as diabetes educator has
expanded and due to achievements presented to the Trust we were granted
specific funding for the role.
Karen is an energetic driver in the planning, coordination and
delivery of the education delivered by our multidisciplinary team. This
includes group education sessions, individual patient education review scheme,
insulin pump education, transition, training days for school staff and training
of other healthcare professionals. Each of our 365 patients benefit from
the teaching she tirelessly offers. Her ability to provide education in a
way families can practically use has improved their quality of life and
Karen cares passionately about empowering children, young people
and families through education. Her wealth of expertise and knowledge is
valued by our team and further afield. She regularly gives lectures in
the UK and beyond, teaches Master's students and conducts research.
Over 20 years ago one of Karen’s first education events was a
residential activity weekend for youngsters with T1DM. This has become an
annual event highly valued by patients and families. Each year Karen and
the diabetes team take 35 youngsters away, encourage activity and exercise and
support them developing skills self-managing their diabetes.
Karen constructed the structured education programme in 2011
into which all of our patients are enrolled and now includes 23 group sessions
each year. These events are tailored specifically to the needs of each
patient. Separate events are run depending on the age of the patient,
their diabetes duration, insulin regimen and at key life transitions (e.g.
school). Educational activities for the patient, their wider family and
school are included. To underpin education, Karen has implemented (and
audited) programmes and practical tools for families to use, empowering them to
self-manage their diabetes. Attendance and feedback from youngsters &
families is consistently positive. Increasingly successful education has been
significant in achieving a year-on-year improvement to our clinic HbA1c.