Gareth Thomas works as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse and Independent Nurse Prescriber in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. He has also helped set up services in both the Southern and South Eastern Trusts in Northern Ireland during which he has worked as the community lead nurse in insulin pump services and lead in all of Northern Ireland’s prisons. He has also worked for three years solely with very complex patients in North and West Belfast.
Gareth graduated with a BSc (Honours) degree from Queen’s University Belfast in Diabetes Specialist Nursing and during a varied nursing career has also worked as a Resuscitation Officer and Night Charge Nurse (nurse in charge of Whiteabbey Hospital).
Gareth has co-authored recognition sheets for carers involved with diabetes patients in the community, now used extensively and successfully in both the Northern and Belfast Trusts. Gareth has also served as Head of Medical Services for Diabetes UK on Northern Ireland adolescent camps.
Gareth has carried out his own research into alternative ways to educate and empower patients which is now incorporated into his clinical practice and has a particular interest in developing services for Type 2 diabetes patients.