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Call for diabetes specialist nurses to drive local change

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Specialist nurses are being urged to become local “clinical champions” to help improve services in their area to deliver better care for people with diabetes.

Diabetes UK said it was recruiting a new cohort of clinicians to “drive change” across the UK, as part of an existing leadership programme that the charity runs with financial support from Novo Nordisk.

“Our clinical champions are part of a network of like-minded clinicians”

Chris Askew

The voluntary role for nurses, consultants, GPs, dietitians, podiatrists and pharmacists runs for two years and includes a package of support and training, said the charity.

Debora Brown, a diabetes specialist nurse at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said being a clinical champion had helped raise awareness of diabetes locally and put it on her trust’s “agenda”.

“I have worked with our local CCG to launch elderly care guidelines for primary and secondary care,” she said.

“This intervention has already reduced the number of referrals from the ambulance service for hypoglycaemia in the over 75s,” said Ms Brown.

Diabetes UK chief executive Chris Askew said: “Clinicians can see where improvements are needed to diabetes services, but are all too often left frustrated and unable to deliver change.

“Our clinical champions are part of a network of like-minded clinicians playing a critical role in promoting and delivering innovative and life-changing best practice,” he added.

The deadline for applications for the programme is 5pm on Monday, 27 March 2017.

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