DSN SPOTLIGHT – Gayle Richards
The role of the diabetes specialist nurse is hugely important in ensuring high-quality diabetes care. Our DSN Spotlight series celebrates this great position and also aims to find out more about those who are making a difference to people with diabetes every day.
Name: Gayle Richards
Job title: Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Trust: Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
Time in position: Four years in this role, 29 years as a DSN
What’s your biggest challenge in diabetes today?
Keeping on top of the ever increasing number of medications for type 2 diabetes.
What’s been your biggest achievement in diabetes care?
Still being in a clinically based role as a DSN and helping develop the next generations of DSNs.
What would you like to see change in diabetes?
More resources being used to provide psychological support.
What’s been the biggest development in the last 10 years?
In type 1 diabetes, better use of insulin pumps. In type 2 diabetes, new medications which sometimes can help delay the move to insulin.
What is the best way to achieve good health outcomes with your patients?
Seeing them as people not patients!