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Specialist diabetes nurse work to be recognised by prime minister

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A specialist nurse has been invited to a reception at Downing Street next week, which will celebrate and thank healthcare professionals involved in the care, treatment and prevention of diabetes.

Inpatient diabetes specialist nurse, Amanda Epps, from Medway NHS Foundation Trust, has been chosen to attend the special event hosted by prime minister Theresa May on Monday. Ms May, herself, has type 1 diabetes. 

“I hope to be able to share some of the brilliant work we have done”

Amanda Epps

Ms Epps, who is based at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, will be one of around 70 people at the event. Nursing Times understands other nurses have also been invited. It represents one of the final events to be hosted by Ms May while she is prime minister. 

The specialist nurse’s invitation comes in recognition of her work in setting up an online community, called the Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum, which supports diabetes colleagues across the country.

As previously reported by Nursing Times, in October last year, Ms Epps and her colleague Becky Watt, received the Diabetes Healthcare Professional of the Year prize at the Quality in Care Diabetes Programme Awards for their work on the forum.

Speaking ahead of Monday’s reception, Ms Epps said: “I am really excited to go to Downing Street on Monday and meet Theresa May, and I hope to be able to share some of the brilliant work we have done to improve care for diabetes patients in Medway and Swale.

‘’I know that the prime minister is passionate about diabetes care and understands the importance of treating the condition – I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to discuss this with her in person,” she added.

Chief executive at the Kent trust, James Devine, said: ‘’Amanda is an amazing advocate for our patients with diabetes, and a credit to the trust, the wider Medway community, and the NHS as a whole.

‘’We look forward to hearing all about her visit to Downing Street and wish her the best of luck for her meeting with Theresa May,” he said.

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