Liz Houghton

TREND Advisor, Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Biography

I qualified in 1989 and have worked in a variety of nursing jobs before studying for an M, Med Sci, (Human Nutrition). I have worked as a DSN for 18 years working in both the acute (Nottingham City Hospital) and community settings (West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service).

West Hampshire Community diabetes service is consultant-led specialistmultidisciplinary diabetes service commissioned in 2010 and successfully recommissioned in 2016.

In the acute setting, I was involved in developing structured education courses for people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes; working with people with CF related diabetes, PEG feeds and antenatal care. I qualified as an independent nurse prescriber in 2003. 

Since 2016 I have been involved in developing a community link nurse group called Glucoheroes the aim of which is to reduce insulin errors and improve the diabetes knowledge of health care professionals. I also help with professional education and have delivered Warwick modules. I have a particular interest in people with Type 1 diabetes and have been recently involved in developing pathways and education for Flash Glucose monitoring and CGM. I am also involved in diabetes research.