My name is Julie Lewis and I am a Primary Care Diabetes Nurse Consultant working in North Wales.
I have been fortunate in my nursing career, experiencing all aspects of diabetes across a range of healthcare settings. I have held clinical and strategic roles, so have a comprehensive appreciation of service planning, quality improvement and clinical developments.
My background in diabetes spans from 2002 in research, then as a DSN in acute and primary care. For five years I was the diabetes clinical lead in North Wales and amongst other developments, I created locality based diabetes multi-disciplinary teams, standardised access to structured diabetes education programmes; promoted successful business plans for clinical psychology and point of care testing.
Now, in my role as primary care nurse consultant, I am a professional nursing advocate. I am keen to demonstrate the true capabilities Nursing has to offer in a rapidly changing NHS. I have worked with clinical experts and academic colleagues to secure national approval of the career progression framework for specialist nursing and helped to establish the Wales Academy for Nursing in Diabetes (WAND).
I enjoy teaching and recently established a specialist advisory forum, offering virtual bite-sized learning for primary care long term condition management. I deliver DAFNE and have peer reviewed new DAFNE educators across the UK. I lead modules for Swansea University’s diabetes online MSc. programme.
I joined the Primary Care Diabetes Society committee in 2019 and have enjoyed delivering and chairing sessions in the Welsh PCDS conference. I also represent DSN’s in Wales on the TREND committee.
I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to join the 2021 diabetes QiC judging panel.