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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 – 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 has been the Editor-in-Chief since 2007.
Debbie is a 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 and President of FIT International, which aims to encourage best practice in injection technique for all healthcare professionals and people with diabetes using injectable therapies globally 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 26 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, University Hospitals of Leicester
June James works as Consultant Nurse in Diabetes, a non- medical prescriber for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, honorary senior lecturer 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. A non insulin therapy e Learning module is in development. Her work with TREND-UK has led to the development of a suite of resources for both patients 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. She writes and peer reviews for diabetes journals, is associate editor for Practical Diabetes International and has recently co-authored two chapters for the internationally acclaimed “Textbook of Diabetes”.
Working for many years with Diabetes UK, June served as Vice Chair of the Council of Healthcare Professionals 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.

GARETH THOMAS
Advisor
Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Larne, Northern Ireland
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.

GAYNOR HARRISON
Advisor
Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Cwm Taf University Health Board, Wales
Gaynor Harrison has been a qualified nurse since 1986. She trained in East Glamorgan Hospital, South Wales and has worked in a variety of areas including general surgery, coronary care, general practice and medicine. She has worked within the diabetes specialism for nearly 20 years across both primary and secondary care and as an independent practitioner. She is currently the team leader for diabetes in Cwm Taf University Health Board.
Gaynor is also the genetic diabetes nurse for South East Wales seconded to the Royal Devon & Exeter foundation trust. She is a founder member of WAND (Welsh Academy for Nursing in Diabetes) and sits on a variety of planning committees for education days and courses in 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.

PAM YOUNG
Advisor
Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary
I qualified as a nurse in 1992 from The South-West Scotland College of Nursing. Prior to moving into the Diabetes Team in 2006 I worked in critical care and in Practice Education. After completing my BSc (Dist) in Heath Studies through Napier University Edinburgh I went on to complete my PGCERT in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Recently I have completed my MSC in Advanced Diabetes Practice with Applied Education focusing my dissertation on the Educational needs of Adolescents on Insulin Pumps. I am also an Independent Nurse Prescriber.
My role is split equally between insulin pumps and In-patient diabetes management. I was the lead nurse for the pilot of Think Glucose in Scotland and am still actively involved in supporting the Think, Check, Act Initiative. My specialist interest is in supporting education that fits the needs of all patients using blended learning methods and utilising advanced technology to make the learning more meaningful.