Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Southampton City,
Solent NHS Trust
Bethany Kelly currently works in the diverse and multi-cultural city of Southampton, as a Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse. Bethany has been involved with diabetes care for the last 8 years of her career.
Bethany has had multiple pieces of work about diabetes care, awareness and promotion and the FreeStyle Libre published by NHS England, the Nursing Times, and the Journal of Diabetes Nursing.
Bethany became an executive team member of the Diabetes Specialist Nursing Forum UK in 2018. As part of this team, Bethany was overwhelmed to receive the “Healthcare Professional of the Year 2018 award” at the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards.; she has also been nominated for the Health Service Journal award for Diabetes Initiative of the Year 2019. Bethany joined the newly appointed multidisciplinary focused Forum for Injection technique board as a board member in October 2018. Bethany has been involved in speaking events, and was a national speaker at the Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum UK Tour in 2018.
Bethany’s’ interests lay in working with younger adults whom have transitioned from paediatric care. Bethany has been involved with the Diabetes UK change lab project to improve this in her local area. She has also guest lectured on topic for the University of Southampton on their master’s programme. Bethany loves up and coming diabetes technology and how social media communities can help form holistic person centred care.
Bethany has recently been involved with a collaborative effort to perform a mass type 2 diabetes screening event at a premier league football match working alongside other NHS trusts, as well as big charities DRWF and the Saints Foundation. This gained national press coverage and was featured in the Journal of Diabetes Nursing.