Twitter taskforce set up to support people with diabetes amid COVID-19
An online taskforce of diabetes experts has been recruited to help ease people’s concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The group of 16 diabetes specialists represent all professions, including adult and children’s diabetes specialist nurses, consultant diabetologists, mental health diabetes specialist nurses, GPs, dieticians, psychologists and pharmacists.
They were carefully selected because of their expert knowledge and online Twitter presence. They can be contacted via the Twitter handle @_diabetes101.
The idea was created by Professor Partha Kar, NHS England’s National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes, Amanda Epps, a Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse at Medway NHS Foundation and the Founder of the Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum UK (DSN Forum) and Bethany Kelly, a Type 1 Liaison Diabetes Specialist Nurse at Solent NHS Trust and Co-Chair of the DSN Forum.
Stress and anxiety
The team said: “After seeing the stress and anxiety people living with diabetes were experiencing when news of the outbreak hit, we decided to set about recruiting an innovative team with social media presence within the diabetes community.
“The aim of the group is to provide a platform for people living with diabetes, and carers/parents of those with diabetes to interact with healthcare professionals from multiple professions across the specialism. We wanted to alleviate fears around COVID-19 as well as provide a source to touch base with.
“A twitter account seemed intuitive and fast paced enough to work best. The aim is to provide them with trusted and verified advice, as well as daily activities to help boost morale during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We hope the network will connect everyone together at a time when things are a little bit extraordinary. The account is manned by two or three healthcare professionals a day to answer people’s queries and will also facilitate different activities and discussions to help reduce anxieties.
“This is to try and boost morale, keep the community ethos going and try and get everyone involved to help people feel that they are involved in something and part of a community rather than just being at home all by themselves.”
The account can be found here.