Diabetes Professional of the Year


Rachel Berrington

Reason for nomination

Rachel is a phenomenal health care professional. She dedicates her role to people living with Diabetes and Footcare, and works above and beyond to lead change every day. As a member of the FDUK committee for 9 years, a DSN for 18 years with a special interest in feet and an independent prescriber she exemplifies attributes all would aspire to. She blends her acute role with education of HCP’s, across the patient pathway, incorporating MDT, NHS and commercial partnerships to benefit people living with diabetes and their carers. She is credible, engaging and professional.

Results/outcomes achievement

  • Set up of protocols, guidelines and pathways to ensure Right person: Right time: Right care; Right place, always
  • Instigated Root Cause Analysis to identify areas where improvements in provision could be made. Shared results and led actions at a LLR (Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland) level
  • Led NICE guidance Diabetic foot prevention and management
  • Editorial Board Journal Diabetic Foot
  • Development, implementation and dissemination of training for casting with the diabetic foot nationwide
  • DAFNE educator
  • Commissioned to develop and deliver face to face and digital education for HCPs and patients/carers though STP monies – incorporating roadshows, short programmes, toolkits for staff, including harder to reach groups, eg. district nurses, care homes, community hospitals
  • Key part in setting up the VALS (Vascular Limb Salvage Service) in the region
  • Led work on urgo- start pathway LLR wide and helped steer it to a position on the formulary.

Quality In Care Diabetes

  • 2020 KEY DATES
  • Open for entry: Wednesday 18 March 2020
  • Entry deadline: Monday 20 July 2020
  • Judging day: Thursday 10 September 2020
  • Awards ceremony: Thursday 15 October 2020
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