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Nurse becomes advisor to diabetes patient forum

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A nurse from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has joined a panel of leading clinical experts for Europe’s largest diabetes forum.

Online patient forum Diabetes.co.uk, which has more than 430,000 members, has created an expert advisory panel to help “bridge the gap between people with diabetes and the clinical community”.

“We want to bridge the gap between people with diabetes and the clinical community”

Charlotte Summers

The 10 experts, selected due to their significant contributions to diabetes care, have each been allocated a specific role relating to their specialism, said the forum in a statement announcing the creation of the panel.

More generally, they will also take part in social media question and answer sessions, provide clinical expertise and help guide the future direction of community health.

Among the new panel members is June James, a diabetes nurse consultant and co-chair of the national diabetes nurses group TREND-UK.

Ms James is credited with being instrumental in raising the profile of diabetes specialist nursing and, among other projects, has co-authored national patient safety information on the safe use of insulin.

She said: “My role as a nurse will be to widen the benefits of digital capabilities within the nursing community.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Nurse becomes advisor to diabetes patient forum

June James

“I am looking forward to further enhancing the role of diabetes.co.uk in supporting people to help manage their condition,” she added.

Ms James is the only nurse on the panel, which also includes GPs, hospital doctors, paediatricians, and a psychologist.

Charlotte Summers, chief operating officer of Diabetes.co.uk, said: “Each panel member is outstanding in their field. We’re so excited to explore how digital health can affect real world health.

“We want to bridge the gap between people with diabetes and the clinical community, digitally,” she said. “The advisory panel is an integral part of that, enhancing our ability to improve health outcomes for people.”

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