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DSN Amanda Epps

The first Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum took place in June at the Leicester Diabetes Centre. Founded by Amanda Epps, diabetes specialist nurse at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, the forum (which took place in early June) was supported by Diabetes UK. The forum’s aim is to provide support and allow exchanges of views and information.

Epps was inspired to start up the forum after attending the Diabetes UK Professional Conference for the first time this year. She says, “I was amazed at how much good work was being done by DSNs around the country.  I wanted to provide a space where the sharing of practice could continue between peers. Diabetes UK supported the first meeting by letting us use one of their change labs, and they changed the agenda specifically to meet the DSN forum needs.”

Epps also says that she hopes that the forum will, “Encourage the next generation of nurses into diabetes.  I want to ensure current DSNs are able to easily connect to their their peers around the country, thereby reduce duplication of work, share best practice, and improve diabetes care across the UK and beyond.”

Future forum events will focus on nurse educational tools and include a series of sharing good practice presentations.

“The first meeting was very exciting,” says Epps, “The energy in the room was inspiring, we recorded a video which will be released soon showing diabetes nurses talking about why they love their job. The aim is to inspire nurses to follow diabetes care as a career path. We are planning regional meetings dates and venues, which will be communicated in the near future.”

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