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Charity looking for nurses to take part in diabetes programme to improve care

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The charity Diabetes UK is looking for nurses to take part in its “clinical champions” programme and lead improvements in diabetes care.

The initiative, which was launched in 2014 and is run in partnership with Novo Nordisk, seeks to address the significant variation in patient care and treatment for those living with diabetes.

Since the programme began, Diabetes noted that 65 clinicians, including nurses, had been recruited to develop their leadership skills and become champions for improving diabetes care.

It said they had trained thousands of other healthcare professionals, developed innovative new clinics, reduced medication errors and increased the number of patients getting treatment.

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

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”, it added.

Amy Rylance, Diabetes UK’s head of healthcare professional engagement, said: “Clinical champions help transform diabetes care, which in turn reduces the risk of devastating complications, and makes a significant difference to the lives of people with diabetes.”

Visit the charity’s clinical champion recruitment web page for more information or to apply.

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