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Committee

DEBBIE HICKS
Co-Chair
Nurse Consultant – Diabetes, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
Debbie began in diabetes nursing in 1990 where she developed the Diabetes Specialist Nursing Service in Hull from being a lone practitioner to being the lead DSN with seven other DSN colleagues.
In September 2005, she moved south to take up the post of Nurse Consultant – Diabetes. She leads a team of four nurses and two administrative staff. The role of the Enfield Community Services Diabetes Nursing team is to provide high-quality, patient-centred diabetes care based within the community. Education is provided for both people with diabetes and healthcare professionals, and support practice-based teams to provide structured diabetes care for their patients.
She has been involved in various national groups, including as the Chair of the Diabetes Nursing Strategy Group. She was Chair of the National Nurse Consultant Group from 2012 to 2014.
Debbie has published over a hundred and twenty papers in the UK, Italy, France and the United States, with seventy as first author, since she began in diabetes nursing in 1990. Topics of publication include insulin therapy, injection device choice, injection technique, blood glucose monitoring, care delivery, patient education, service redesign and many more. She has presented papers in the UK, Belgium, Norway, New Zealand, Israel, Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland.
Debbie has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Diabetes Nursing since it was first published in 1996 and included her “Diabetes Issues” problem page. She was been the Editor-in-Chief from July 2007 to November 2017.
Debbie is the founding member and Co-Chair of TREND-UK (Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes-UK) that was launched in January 2010. TREND-UK published the 4th Edition of An Integrated Career and Competency Framework for Diabetes Nursing in October 2015. She is also the Chair of FIT (Forum for Injection Technique) UK which aims to encourage best practice in injection technique for all healthcare professionals and people with diabetes using injectable therapies to ensure optimum benefit from these medications. In 2013 Debbie won two National awards for her work on injection safety.
She still finds diabetes nursing challenging, stimulating and highly rewarding even after 28 years.

 


JILL HILL
Co-Chair
Jill Hill qualified in 1978 in London, and has worked in a variety of settings, including intensive care, neurosurgery, nursing home, BUPA health screening and also for the pharmaceutical industry. Her first experience of diabetes nursing was in 1975. She has worked as a diabetes nurse since 1992, firstly in mid-Staffordshire, then as manager of the diabetes nursing services at Birmingham Heartlands hospital, followed by 10 years as the nurse consultant in the community in Birmingham. She has published numerous articles and co-authored Prescribing in Diabetes. Jill lives in Wales and has recently retired from working part-time as a diabetes specialist nurse in Shropshire for several years. She continues to work on a number of projects as co-chair of TREND (Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes) UK.

 


JUNE JAMES
Co-Chair
Consultant Nurse – Diabetes at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Associate Professor for the University of Leicester
June James works as Consultant Nurse in Diabetes, is an independent Nurse Prescriber for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Honorary Associate Professor for the University of Leicester and co-chair of TREND-UK. She worked in partnership with NHS Diabetes to produce the original suite of medication safety e-learning modules and with colleagues recently developed several national free to access e- learning modules including the “Six steps to insulin safety” module with the Primary Care Diabetes Society. Her work with TREND-UK has led to the development of a suite of resources for both people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals.
June promotes the ethos of integrated care, through publication and by working on various multidisciplinary committees such as the Joint British Diabetes Society and the ABCD, Type 1 diabetes collaborative group . She writes and peer reviews for diabetes journals including Diabetic Medicine,  and is Associate Editor for Practical Diabetes. June has recently co-authored two chapters for the internationally acclaimed “Textbook of Diabetes” and has worked with Consultant colleagues to revise the Diabetes UK Clinical Care Recommendations for Diabetes End of Life Care (2018)
Working for many years with Diabetes UK, June served as Vice Chair of the Council of Healthcare Professionals for 8 years and chaired the 2006 Annual Professional Conference Organising Committee. She had the honour of presenting the Janet Kinson Lecture at the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference in 2010.

 


JANE DIGGLE BSc (Hons) RGN
Specialist Practitioner Practice Nurse, South Kirkby West Yorkshire
Jane qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing in 1990 (Leeds) and has worked as a Practice Nurse in the same practice for over 20 years. She retains a generalist role but has a special interest in diabetes for which she is clinical lead within the practice. She is an independent prescriber and has gained MSc modules in Insulin Management and New & Advanced Therapies from Leicester University.
Jane was elected to the PCDS Committee in 2010 and became Vice Chair in 2016. She is Associate Editor-in-Chief for Diabetes and Primary Care, regularly publishes articles and was instrumental in developing and writing Six Steps to Insulin Safety (a free e-learning module available at www.cpd.diabetesonthenet.com). She is a member of FIT, the Forum for Injection Technique, which strives to encourage best practice in injection technique.
Practice Nurses play a key role in the delivery of diabetes care and are increasingly responsible for making independent and often complex management conditions. Jane joined TREND-UK to promote and support practice nurses’ valuable contribution to diabetes care by sharing knowledge, skills and expertise.

 


ERICA RICHARDSON
Advisor
Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse (In-Patient Team), Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust
Erica completed her nurse training in Manchester and qualified as a RGN 1999. She has nursing experience in both acute and community nursing.
She has been a full time DSN within the acute sector since 2009. She has experience in the training and education of nursing and medical staff within the secondary care sector. She is currently the lead for insulin pump therapy in Shropshire and has a master’s level qualification in continuous insulin pump therapy which she gained through Liverpool University. In 2010, she took a lead role in the implementation of the Think Glucose initiative within her current Trust and continues work to maintain this on an on-going basis. In 2013she qualified as a non-medical prescriber. Following this, she was promoted to lead diabetes specialist nurse within the Trust (September 2014).
She currently manages a team of 7 nurses that cover 2 hospital sites in Shropshire. Her team are responsible for; supporting all in-patient care for adults with diabetes and provide maternity cover for all patients with type 1 diabetes. They also provide a continuous blood glucose monitoring service and initiate, monitor and support over 150 patients on insulin pump therapy and provide a robust teaching programme for both medical and nursing staff on a regular basis.
Erica has particular interest in facilitating both patients and health care professionals to learn more about effective management of diabetes. She remains fascinated by the continuous research, developments in treatment and equipment in the care and management of diabetes.

NNEKA AGBASI
Advisor
Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.
Nneka began her nursing career in 2007 at the Middlesex University where she obtained a Bsc in Adult Nursing in 2010. She completed her post nursing qualification in Nurse Mentorship and Diabetes Care. Her background includes Orthopaedics (Surgical) and District Nursing.
In 2012, she started her diabetes career through a secondment opportunity with the community diabetes team, which she did for a year. She worked two days in the district nursing service and three days with the Enfield Diabetes team. Over that year, she managed the caseload for house-bound patients and Hard to reach patients (palliative care, learning disabilities and PEG feed patients who are bed-bound) living with diabetes. Her role also involved managing patients living with diabetes in Residential Care and Nursing Homes. This secondment strengthened the link between the diabetes team and other healthcare professionals in the community.
Following the successful completion of the secondment, she gained a full-time post as Diabetes Specialist Nurse. She has since been promoted to a Band 7 role. Her main interest in diabetes care is Health promotion and self-management. She enjoys teaching and Facilitating patients, their family members, community nurses and other health care professionals to gain confidence in the provision of diabetes care.
Her recent achievement, with the support of her DSN colleagues, includes the creation of diabetes link nurses within Enfield district nursing service. She also created a step-by-step assessment guide that enables these link nurses to successfully assess patients living with type 2 diabetes in the community. She has further developed the Health Care Assistant Insulin Administration Programme which has been successfully implemented to train residential Home Carers. She has designed a Primary Care Diabetes Course tailored to meet the needs of Community Nursing staff. She also developed the existing Mentoring/ Induction programme for Diabetes Specialist Nursing at Band 6 level.
Diabetes nursing remains fascinating for her. She feels humbled to be part of the team that makes a real difference to the quality of diabetes care.

 


DEBBIE VOIGT
Advisor
Diabetes Specialist Nurse, NHS Tayside, Scotland
Debbie Voigt is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse in NHS Tayside, Dundee in Scotland. She had a background in Nursing and Midwifery, and Health Visiting before starting work as a DSN in 1999.
Debbie was National Clinical Advisor (DSN) for the development of Diabetes Think Check Act improvement programme led by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.  She currently represents the Scottish Diabetes Group and Scottish Government as National Clinical Diabetes Think Check Act Co-ordinator (DSN) supporting diabetes improvement across Scottish hospitals.
Debbie is an Honorary Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Medical Education in the University of Dundee and is involved in MSc programme with Kuwait Scotland ehealth innovation network

DR JEN NASH (CPsychol, AFBPsP, ClinPsyD, BSc)
Advisor
Clinical Psychologist and Director – The Eating Blueprint
Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society
Dr. Jen Nash is a Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She specialises in diabetes and obesity and is the author of Diabetes and Wellbeing’ (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and ‘Your Weight Isn’t About Food’ (2016). Jen is an Editorial Board Member of the ‘Journal of Diabetes Nursing’ and ‘Diabetes & Primary Care’. She was named an ‘Outstanding Educator’ Finalist in the Quality in Care Awards 2014 and was awarded the honour of a ‘World Diabetes Day Hero‘ in 2012 by the International Diabetes Federation. Jen has been living with type 1 diabetes since childhood and is a recovered emotional eater. As a result of these experiences she founded ‘Positive Diabetes’ in 2009, providing online support to people living with diabetes. In 2014 she founded ‘The Eating BlueprintTM’ – the only Psychological Skills Weight Management Service in the UK. The Eating Blueprint is for individuals who are familiar with dietary education but struggle to implement because they are using food to deal with stress, low mood, tiredness, reward and to solve other ‘non-hunger’ problems. It provides a simple to use online/video toolkit to equip individuals with strategies to make choices other than food. For further information, please visit www.PositiveDiabetes.com and for a Free Starter Pack register at www.EatingBlueprint.com.

CERI JONES RGN, Dip in CHS, BSc, RNT, PGCE
Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist for Primary and Community
Ceri qualified as an RGN in 1986 and initially worked within the acute sector on the surgical wards. She became a district nurse in 1990, which is where she first became interested in Diabetes due to the numbers of people on her caseload requiring support from the district nursing team.
On completion of the Diploma in Community Health studies she was employed as the second Diabetes specialist nurse for the Rhondda. Here she worked alongside her colleague and the diabetes consultant for 8 years, managing, supporting and educating the patients and Health care professionals within the Rhondda.
In 2003 Ceri undertook the BSc in Professional practice plus moved to become a Diabetes Facilitator in the Cynon valley as part of the PCSU. The role involved educating and supporting the GP Practices within the Cynon to develop their knowledge and skills by providing diabetes clinical input plus training and education.
After completing her PGCE Ceri and a colleague in conjunction with the then University of Glamorgan developed and still delivers to this day a post graduate Diabetes in Primary Care course. This course is offered free to all healthcare professionals working within primary care, within Cwm Taf and is now in its 10thyear. She also became a registered nurse tutor and continues to lecture at the University of South Wales
Due to the amalgamation of the Health boards and Trusts she inherited the whole of Cwm Taf – community, primary care, mental health and learning difficulties.