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DSN group holds inaugural meeting

By Editor
13th June 2018
Good practice

A new diabetes specialist nurse (DSN) group aiming to “inspire the next generation” held its first national meeting.

DSNs from across the country attended the official launch of the Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum UK at a special event held on June 12 at the Leicester Diabetes Centre and supported by Diabetes UK.

This forum is giving a voice to all DSNs and is also inspiring the next generation. Founder Amanda Epps

Initially it was formed as a Facebook group in March to facilitate support and encourage collaboration, with more than 200 members joining within days of it forming.

Amanda Epps, the adult inpatient diabetes specialist nurse at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, founded the group. Speaking following the meeting, she said: “Today marks a new way of working in the diabetes specialist nurse community, this forum is giving a voice to all DSNs and is also inspiring the next generation.”

June James, from diabetes nursing organisation TREND-UK, spoke about ‘The future of diabetes specialist nurse education’ before members discussed the future of the forum, covering its aims, meetings and group guidelines.

Then there were workshops focusing on sharing nurse educational tools and a series of sharing good practice presentations, including:

  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust Inpatient DSNs Amanda Epps and Rebecca Watt: Making Variable rate intravenous insulin infusion training mandatory
  • Northants Diabetes MDT Katie Hards Senior DSN: Diabetes Support Workers
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust Susan Mason Community DSN: Using Facebook to connect with the younger generation
  • Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust Erica Richardson Lead DSN: Learning from incidents

Lunch took the shape of a celebratory NHS70 Tea Party. For more information about the group, click here.

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