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Diabetes charity looking for nurses for 'champions' programme

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Diabetes UK is looking for nurses to take part in the latest round of its “clinical champions” programme and lead improvements in diabetes care.

The award-winning initiative, launched in 2014 in partnership with Novo Nordisk, seeks to address the significant variation in patient care and treatment for people living with diabetes in the UK.

“Champions help transform diabetes care, which in turn reduces the risk of devastating complications”

Bridget Turner

Since the programme began, 85 clinicians, including nurses, have been recruited to develop their leadership skills and become champions for improving diabetes care, said the charity.

They have trained thousands of other healthcare professionals, developed innovative clinics, cut medication errors and increased the number of patients getting appropriate treatment, it said.

The new champions will be selected based on their leadership potential, clinical expertise and a demonstrable passion for transforming care for people with diabetes.

They will be supported with two years of training alongside their clinical work, to help them become strong leaders, identify improvements and drive vital change in diabetes services in their local areas.

Bridget Turner, director of policy, campaigns and improvement at Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, affecting 4.6 million people.

“That’s more than any other serious health condition in the UK,” she said. “When diabetes is not well managed, it is associated with serious complications including amputation, sight loss, stroke and kidney failure.”

She added: “Clinical champions help transform diabetes care, which in turn reduces the risk of devastating complications and makes a meaningful difference to the lives of people with diabetes.”

  • For more information or to apply to become a clinical champion for 2019-2021, visit the Diabetes UK website 
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