Community diabetes nurse – development post,
West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service, Southern Health NHS trust
Kelly is a nurse with type 1 diabetes. She is passionate about sharing her journey and experiences of life with type 1 through her blog, articles published in national diabetes magazines including DUK & DRWF and speaking at national and local conferences. Kelly delivers presentations to health care professionals and local universities to give an insight of living with type 1 diabetes.
Following her diagnosis in 2013, Kelly helped to set up a local peer support, Sugar buddies, in Hampshire. Sugar buddies support patients and health care professionals to help improve experience and services offered to people with diabetes. Sugar buddies was awarded ‘highly commended’ at the Quality in Care awards in 2015.
In 2016 Kelly, along with 16 others, cycled from London to Paris. Between them they raised approx. 6.5k for the local hospitals diabetes charities, JDRF & DUK. Since achieving this Kelly is keen to help raise awareness of exercise and diabetes.
Kelly is very passionate about improving patient experiences and is currently working alongside local diabetes teams to set up a service to support university students with diabetes and a Type 1 event for people with diabetes.