The West and North Hampshire Community Diabetes Service Team

Diabetes.jpgOur award winning specialist team of Diabetes Nurses, Dietitians and Consultants work alongside people diagnosed with diabetes across West and North Hampshire. They aim to provide holistic care, supporting people who have been diagnosed to self-manage (where possible) as well as linking with other local specialist services such as italk, doctors surgeries and community care teams. You can view members of the team below by clicking on the different drop downs to find out more information.

Dr Kate Fayers – Consultant Diabetologist

Qualifications: BSc in Biochemistry, MBBS, MRCP, FRCP

My Job:

  • I developed an early interest for Quality Improvement supporting the development of Think Glucose, a national diabetes inpatient project.
  • Working with colleagues, I have managed a wide range of service improvement projects including the roll out of WISDOM, a blueprint for PCN diabetes care recognised by the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards 2020.
  • Community led specialist diabetes care is at the heart of my strategy to improve patient experience.

Dr Hermione Price - Consultant Diabetologist

Qualifications: BSc Hons, MBChB Hons, DPhil, FRCP

My Job:

  • I offer consultant clinics and participate in education delivery for people with diabetes.
  • I am the lead for diabetes research for Southern Health foundation trust, the joint lead for diabetes at the Wessex clinical research network and an Honorary senior lecturer at the University of Southampton
  • I am a supervisor for junior doctors in training and PhD students.
  • I am the Trainee Programme Director for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Wessex

Dr Hala Alsafadi – Consultant Diabetologist

Qualifications: MRCP Diabetes and Endocrinology, MRCP general medicine, MD Damascus University, Syria

My job:

  • I work as a Consultant Diabetologist with a special interest in Community health promotion as well as Diabetes and cardiovascular risks in BAME communities and hard to reach groups. I offer consultant clinics for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • I am also a Consultant and Clinical lead for Acute Medicine in Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
  • I hold educational and clinical supervisor roles for junior doctors and ANPs.

Dr Ben Houlford – Consultant Diabetologist

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, MB BS, MRCP (UK)

My Job:

  • In my clinic I mostly see people with a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes
  • I also work at Lymington New Forest Hospital as a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology and General Medicine, including running the inpatient diabetes service and looking after medical inpatients
  • I am named clinical supervisor for junior doctors and mentor for a trainee advanced nurse practitioner.
  • I am the Associate Clinical Sub Dean for Lymington New Forest Hospital.

Dr Sarah Brewster – Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology and Clinical Academic Fellow

Qualifications: BSc, MBBS, MRCP

My job:

  • I am currently undertaking a PhD looking at developing the role of community pharmacy in the delivery of diabetes care, particularly to support those living with diabetes who may be most at need. I also support diabetes research taking place locally.
  • I work as a diabetes registrar offering clinics to patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Dr Jack Colley - Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology and Clinical Research Fellow

Qualifications: MBChB, MRCP

My job:

  • I work as a diabetes registrar offering clinics to patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • I am currently undertaking a PhD looking at adapting the annual review process for patients with diabetes to make this more accessible, this would hopefully increase numbers of complete reviews enabling us to identify which patients are in need of more support.

Dr Clare Whicher – Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology and Clinical Academic Fellow

Qualifications: MBBS with distinction, MRCP, PhD

My job:

  • I work with the clinical team to support people living with diabetes. I am passionate about diabetes care in vulnerable or often forgotten patient groups, including people with co-existent mental health issues and preconception planning.
  • I have undertaken a PhD looking at diabetes, weight and mental health.
  • I am a former chair (2019-2020) of the Young Diabetes and Endocrinologists (YDEF) committee.

Caroline Atkinson – Interim Diabetes Service Manager and Lead Diabetes Specialist – RGN and Nurse Prescriber

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse, Non-medical Prescriber, Diploma in Diabetes Care

My job:

  • I was appointed as Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse 10 years ago when the West Hampshire Community Diabetes service was launched. We see people with diabetes in clinics and provide educational sessions to people with diabetes, health care professionals and carers.
  • I support people with managing their diabetes, managing the helpline and clinical appointments.
  • I have been instrumental in supporting to transform the service to a virtual platform during the current pandemic.

Emily Perry – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

My job:

  • I offer nurse-led clinics to patients with type 1 and type 2 and also help to run the patient helpline.
  • I support type 1 diabetes education
  • I am involved with the Wisdom project, which aims to involve clinicians from primary care in cluster meetings to reflect on their diabetes practice and how we can better support patients with diabetes.

Milly Pickburn – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Qualifications: Advanced Diploma in Child Nursing, CDEP, BERTIE, Certificate in Optimising glucose control in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Certificate in Diabetes Care (CIDC)

My job:

  • I work for the diabetes team, delivering clinics and telephone reviews for patients with diabetes. I also spend time on the diabetes helpline speaking to patients with diabetes about any urgent queries and offering advice.
  • I also contribute to the delivery of education for patients as well as education for health care professionals on management of diabetes.

Margaret Stubbs – Diabetes Specialist Nurse in North Hampshire

Qualifications: MSc in Primary Care 2006, Pos Grad Dip in Diabetes 2014, Independent Prescriber 2004

My job:

  • I work within a multidisciplinary team to support patients with diabetes, particularly those who find it hard to access routine diabetes care.
  • I work with patients with mental health issues, learning disabilities or other care needs who find it hard managing their diabetes without support. This includes education of carers for patients with diabetes, as well as education of health care professionals.

Sherri Johnston – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse, BSc Honors, Independent Non-medical Prescriber, Diploma in Diabetes Care.

My job:

  • I work with primary care to provide support and education for staff and patients, with the goal of delivering high quality diabetes care throughout North Hants.
  • We encourage regular T3 meetings (Treatment to target) where clinic notes are reviewed and audited. This includes reviewing patients who have had complications of cardiovascular or peripheral vascular disease, amputations or acute diabetes complications such as hypoglycaemia or DKA with the aim of improving diabetes care and treatment going forwards.

Jan Mitchell – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Qualifications: BA in post compulsory Education

 My job:

  • I work as a diabetes nurse offering clinics to patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as answering advice queries and reviewing patients over the phone.
  • One of my main interests is healthcare professional education, looking at improving diabetes care delivery in primary care as well as educating carers too. I run an insulin administration programme for carers.

Brian Lomax – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

My job:

  • I work with patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. My main focus is on patient contact, engaging in clinics, setting goals with patients and supporting them to achieve them.
  • I also enjoy working with health care professionals in primary care to improve diabetes services, using knowledge I gained from 20 years working as a district nurse and community matron.

Sue Cradock – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Qualifications: PhD RGN DipN FETC NMP

My job:

  • As well as clinical roles, I work to re-design and deliver professional education programmes, in collaboration with the LEaD team.
  • I have been working with community teams, including engaging and training non registered practitioners and paid carers, in insulin administration.
  • I work with Swan Medical Group looking at non-pharmaceutical diabetes interventions.
  • I hold an honorary associate professor role with University of Leicester.

Maggie McDonald – Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse

My job:

  • I lead on the provision of Type 1 diabetes education, my current focus is on making education and resources available online. I have produced and featured in various new Diabetes educational video resources and education courses.
  • I offer diabetes clinics and undertake patient triage.
  • I am involved in operating the diabetes helpline, offering urgent advice to patients with diabetes

Liz Houghton – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse, MMED Sci in Human Nutrition, ENB 928 in diabetes management, City and Guilds 7203 part 1 and 2 (teaching adults), Independent nurse prescriber, Trend Advisor

My job:

  • I offer diabetes clinics, particularly recovery clinics. I undertake patient triage and help in operating the diabetes helpline.
  • My special interests are in Type 1 diabetes education, for which I have been involved in producing and featuring in online video resources.
  • I am the lead for Dexcom, a continuous glucose monitoring system
  • I am involved in conducting Diabetes research locally.

Kelly Carden – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Qualifcations: BN Adult nursing, Certificate in Optimising glucose control in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus University of Warwick

My job:

  • My current focus is on Type 1 diabetes education and technology education for patients, particularly around the Freestyle Libre and Dexcom.
  • I also have a special interest in Diabetes and mental health, as well as looking at transition services for young adults.
  • I offer diabetes clinics to patients, as well as helping with triage and operating the diabetes helpline.

Sally Penny – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Qualifications: Registered General Nurse

My job:

  • I have been with the team for over a year with a background in primary care nursing.
  • I undertake diabetes clinic appointments, as well as phone reviews. I also help to operate and man the diabetes helpline.
  • My ambition is to become more involved in the development of diabetes education which our team delivers.

Georgette Alayyan – Lead Diabetes Specialist Dietitian

Qualifications: UK Registered Dietitian (R.D.) BSc Nutrition and Dietetics, regulated by the HCPC (DTN 27339) and a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

My job:

  • I lead the education work stream which involves delivering T1 education, running workshops on carbohydrates and insulin, producing a series of online educational video resources, providing training to other health care professionals and delivering content through our social media channels.
  • I provide specialist dietetic advice and developed our T2 remission pilot ‘SHAKE’.
  • I’m the South East representative for the BDA diabetes specialist group.

Katy Pomeroy – Diabetes Educator and Communications Support Officer

My job:

  • I am involved in running courses for people with type 2 diabetes.
  • I teach patients about diet, lifestyle and how to look after their diabetes.
  • Modernizing our diabetes education and keeping our resources up to date, as well as looking at new ways to deliver education.

Lucy Beckwith – Diabetes Educator

My job:

  • I help deliver courses for people with type 2 diabetes, both newly diagnosed patients and those who have had type 2 diabetes for many years
  • With a background in the medical department of the pharmaceutical industry, I am able to utilize this expertise to improve the lifestyle of people with diabetes through education.

Alli White - Personal assistant to Dr Price, Dr Alsafadi and Dr Fayers

My job:

  • I am involved in the organisation of clinics for both new and existing patients.
  • I process new referrals and organise the diabetes team triaging system.
  • I organise the work diaries for members of the diabetes team.
  • I organise patient investigations and process investigation results.
  • I process clinic letters and investigation results and post these to our patients.

Louise Westbury – MDT coordinator for West Hampshire and Southampton City

Qualifications: I am currently undertaking a level 3 diploma in Youth Work practice

My job:

  • Organising and supporting cluster meetings
  • Collating and crunching data reports for GP practices
  • Running Diabetes reports and sharing data
  • General administration roles.

Donna Hibberd – Educational co-ordinator lead for diabetes

My job:

  • I am the education co-ordinator lead for diabetes, which involves organising education on Freestyle Libre, Type 1 diabetes education, Carb counting and Carb & Insulin education course and the DIAMOND education course for new diabetic patients.
  • I also work as a line manager for the administration team. I carry out administrative functions also.
  • I am involved in the Crystal Project

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