Dr Rebecca Thomas
Rebecca Thomas has been nominated for her willingness to
go above and beyond in supporting and educating people
living with diabetes (PWD). She has done this though the her
voluntary work with the Diabetes 101 team (which was set up in
response to the COVID pandemic) and the DSN Forum UK.
Her strong social media presence has been used to reach out and help
people living with diabetes when they have asked, to help translate the
complex eye screening and eye clinic letters that often cause anxiety
and fear into a patient friendly language. Becky has also designed
many diabetes related retinopathy infographics and also in relation
to COVID-19 and the restart of screening and what this means for PWD.
She also designed and presented at the Diabetes 101 downloaded
conference which was specifically for PWD. Her talk was titled “The
Eyes Have it” and it focused on demystifying the letters and numbers
on eye screening results letters into an understandable format. She
also explained the data around retinopathy to help PWD to understand
more about the risks and the screening journey that PWD undertake.
Becky does a lot of this extra work in her own time voluntarily.
Sally Woolgar has worked in adult type 1 diabetes for over 20 years,
the last seven as the lead trainer for the national DAFNE team,
making a prolonged and significant contribution to patient care.
Over the last 15 months Sally has led on the creation, piloting and refinement
of a remote and online patient course and associated HCP training.
Her work has ensured that patient and HCPs can continue to access DAFNE
training and importantly enabled seven new DAFNE centres to be trained
during the pandemic, further increasing access to DAFNE courses for patients