Diabetes nurses’ group celebrates anniversary

By Editor
16th September 2014
Inpatient, Latest news

A nurses’ group which has driven improvements in diabetes care in hospitals is celebrating ten years of making a difference.

Members of Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group will be marking its 10th anniversary when they come together at the annual conference which takes place on October 1 at Novotel London City South.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChair Esther Walden, a Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse at the Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Having started after a gentle nudge from my supportive consultant Professor Mike Sampson, the DISN UK Group is for me a career highlight.

“I am so proud of how far we have come and what we have achieved, but most of all for the lasting relationships we have formed.”

The group started when the role of inpatient specialist nurse began to emerge. It became clear the position was different from a standard diabetes specialist nurse but many trusts were taking on individual nurses for this new position.

Thanks to the painstaking work of group administrator Christine Jones, who retired this year, a database of members was compiled. There are now 536 DISN members.

The first meeting was in April 2004 in Newmarket with 27 delegates and focused on improving cardiovascular outcomes following the publication of DIGAMI, which looks at the management of blood sugars in patients presenting with myocardial infarction. 

Chair Esther Walden: I am so proud of how far we have come and what we have achieved

Since then it has been the continued aim of the annual conferences to be current and topical with key renowned speakers such as Dr Sue Roberts, Dr Rowan Hillson MBE, Professor Jonathan Valabjhi, Professor Miles Fischer and Professor Alan Sinclair.  Also, there have been excellent presentations by members.

The group’s highlights include its forum, which has enabled nurses to share issues and resources, as well as being part of the influential Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care Group and contributing to other guidelines.

It has been a NICE stakeholder and keen supporter of the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, while members have supported and judged at the Diabetes Quality in Care awards and have been involved in CQC lobbying.

The group has also supported national documents and campaigns, including ThinkGlucose, Diabetes UK, Trend-UK and the London Podiatry leaflets.

At this year’s conference Dr Clive Weston, from Singleton Hospital, a reader in clinical medicine at Swansea University and deputy head of the College of Medicine, will give a presentation on Cardiovascular outcomes – from DIGAMI to TITAN’.

Admission costs £20 but places are limited. To register, email caroline.stevens@nnuh.nhs.uk.

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