Nneka Agbasi

TREND Advisor, Community Matron for Residential and Nursing Homes with interest in diabetes, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Biography

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.  She has completed  Masters in Public Health focusing on improvement in diabetes and has completed a masters module in Top to Toe Physical health Assessment.

In 2013, 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.

She currently works as a community matron for the Care Homes Assessment Team supporting residential and nursing homes in physical health assessment, end of life, frailty assessment, trusted assessor(facilitating discharges  and acting as advocates on behalf of the resident in hospital) and manging complex diabetes care. She continues to use her diabetes specialist knowledge to support her fellow matron colleagues, nurses and carers in residential and nursing homes.

Her achievement with the support of her team includes; developing the trust newly approved diabetes referrals that facilitates easy triage, developing patient contracts that helps patient understands how to engage in clinics, changing the way type 2 diabetes education was delivered from 3 session of 2.5 hours to developing one stop 2.5 hours session with the support of her diabetes team. This improved attendance rates. 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.

She currently exploring the feasibility and practicalities of having an accredited online type 2 diabetes education in the UK. She is also supporting carers and nurse in residential and nursing homes promoting good injection technique and recognising diabetes emergencies in the older person with cognitive impairments.