Local role that’s hard to ignore

Debora Brown is full of enthusiasm and ideas for improving care – just what is called for in a Diabetes UK clinical champion

Debora Brown is full of enthusiasm and ideas for improving care – just what is called for in a Diabetes UK clinical champion.

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A diabetes specialist nurse with Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, she immediately saw the potential for her career and as an opportunity to improve services.

Nearly a year into the programme, she is enthusiastic about the impact it has had on patients and on her. ‘I saw it as a way of raising the profile of diabetes locally, and knew there was a real need to do that – and I felt that it would give me a voice,’ says Ms Brown, who has been in diabetes nursing for 23 years.

‘It is hard to ignore an email with Diabetes UK local clinical champion on it, because people know it really means something.’

Diabetes UK is recruiting for the next cohort of local clinical champions, and is particularly keen for nurses to apply. The head of healthcare professional engagement at the charity Amy Rylance says diabetes specialist nurses who have taken part so far, including Ms Brown, have made a valuable contribution to the scheme. Practice nurses with a lead role in local diabetes care could also be eligible.

‘It has taught me not to be afraid to go to people further up in the organisation’

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 29

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