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Diabetes Champions (2016)

EKHUFT Nurse becomes Diabetes UK Clinical Champion

Sarah Gregory, a diabetes specialist nurse based at QEQM, has been selected as one of 20 Diabetes Clinical Champion’s by Diabetes UK. 

Following a large number of applications from across the UK, Sarah now joins a multidisciplinary cohort made up of specialist nurses, consultants, GPs, podiatrists and dieticians. Clinical Champions are in post for two years during which time they receive a tailored package of support and training;

  • Bespoke training providing leadership development designed and delivered by the world renowned Ashridge Business School
  • Membership of the Diabetes UK Local Clinical Champion peer support network
  • Support from Diabetes UK to tackle local system threats to diabetes care
  • Access to national guidance, resources and expertise
  • Recognition nationally and locally as diabetes representative and champion
  • Practical support to enable the establishment of local improvement networks.

The existing Clinical Champions are having an impact across a broad range of areas. Recent achievements have included improving access to new therapies; challenging cuts to pump funding; new guidelines to reduce hypos in older patients; and increasing specialist in-reach to inpatient care. With the new cohort, including Sarah, Diabetes UK believes that “Clinical Champions and networks are the key mechanisms that will foster the leadership and collaboration necessary to create effective, joined-up services.”

Sarah is delighted to have started the programme, and said “The role will support my current role within East Kent Hospitals, and will hopefully put diabetes care on the agenda and highlight it more - I am particularly interested in doing some work around the elderly/vulnerable patients particularly those who are admitted from care homes.”

Pictured: Sarah Gregory with her fellow Diabetes Clinical Champions

The role will support my current role within East Kent Hospitals, and will hopefully put diabetes care on the agenda"

Sarah Gregory, Diabetes Specialist Nurse