DSN Spotlight – Amanda Epps
The role of the diabetes specialist nurse is hugely important in ensuring high-quality diabetes care. We caught up with Amanda Epps, who is based in Kent to find out what her views are on diabetes care at the moment and what she wants to see change.
Job title: Lead inpatient Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Trust: Medway Foundation Trust
Time in position: 2 years in this post 5 years in previous post ward manager of an acute endocrinology/medical ward managing DKA/HHS/unstable diabetes patients.
What’s your biggest challenge in diabetes today? Staff turnover on acute wards means repeating basic diabetes education numerous times reducing time for more complex education to enable more specialist nurses on wards.
What’s been your biggest achievement in diabetes care? Early discharge for newly diagnosed type 1 patients using hospital at home team out of hours.
What would you like to see change in diabetes? More time for education for ward staff.
What’s been the biggest development in the last 10 years? Increased use of technology to help control blood glucose such as CGM, Freestyle Libre and advances in insulin pump therapy.
What is the best way to achieve good health outcomes with your patients? Education Education Education both staff and patients.