Diabetes 101 team launches resources website
An online taskforce of health experts who came together to help people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic has launched a website.
The group of 19 diabetes specialists, which represent all different professions from within the diabetes community, were carefully selected because of their expert knowledge and online Twitter presence. They can be contacted via the Twitter handle @_diabetes101.
But now they’ve moved all their content onto a website so people who are not on Twitter can access all the resources.
Team 101 member Bethany Kelly, who is also a Type 1 Liaison Diabetes Specialist Nurse at Solent NHS Trust and Co-Chair of the DSN Forum, said: “Diabetes 101 was set up during the first lockdown back in March as we wanted to help alleviate fear and anxieties in the online diabetes community.
We’ve now collated everything we’ve tweeted and put it onto our brand new website. This means that people who do not use Twitter can access all our materials Team 101 member Bethany Kelly
“We are a multidisciplinary team, which covers both adults and children, as well as primary and secondary care. We didn’t know exactly where it would lead, and we didn’t have a plan, but we were having so much fun in achieving it, that we wanted to carry on.
“The huge amount of support and need for this from the community has willed us to continue and kept our passion going. The whole team at Diabetes 101 has been working so hard throughout lockdowns 1, 2 and 3 in our day jobs in the NHS. However in our own time, and for free, we have ran ongoing educational tweetorials, fitness campaigns, quizzes and generally been there to support the community since March.
“We’ve now collated everything we’ve tweeted and put it onto our brand new website. This means that people who do not use Twitter can access all our materials. We hope that it means people can access all kinds of information on the go. The content is free for all to access, download and use.”
The website was put together by Vicki Alabraba, Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse at Liverpool Diabetes Partnership.
She said: “Never did I think that I would be learning how to put a website together as part of my role as a DSN, but I have. I hope that everyone who visits the website finds it useful. We’re still on Twitter too and as usual will be responding to questions on that platform too.”
The ides of the Twitter account was thought up by Professor Partha Kar, Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Portsmouth and NHS National Specialty Adviser on Diabetes. He approached Bethany and her colleague Amanda Epps, who is also a diabetes specialist nurse and chairs of the DSN Forum.
As a trio they started straight putting a team together, approaching people who specialise in diabetes, that had a strong social media presence and were twitter savvy.
Now, they have more than 5,000 followers and the website is thought to also be a big hit with people who require support and information as the second COVID-19 wave hits.
To access the website, click here.