Diabetes Specialist Nurse,
West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service
Maggie McDonald has worked as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) since 2000 having previously worked as practice nurse.
As a DSN working in 3 different acute trusts her roles involved delivering inpatient diabetes care, antenatal care, type 1 education and insulin pump treatment.
Since 2010 Maggie has worked in the twice re-commissioned, award winning, West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service delivering specialist diabetes services to the local population. The service is a dynamic consultant-led multidisciplinary service working closely with local community care teams and GP surgeries whilst providing specialist diabetes services including structured type 1 education, type 2 education and refresher education, specialist clinics, helpline and delivering diabetes education programmes to local HCPs. The service is supporting those with type 1 diabetes who meet the eligibility criteria to gain access to Flash glucose monitoring – Freestyle Libre on NHS and Continuous glucose monitoring, Dexcom, to those with impaired hypo awareness. The service offers education to help with understanding the glucose data for both those with diabetes and healthcare professionals.
Maggie worked as part of the West Hampshire “Improving Shared Diabetes Outcome Measures” (WISDOM) transformation project team working across both West Hampshire and Dorset as Transformation matron to help surgeries to review their diabetes clinic organisation and processes to improve attainment of 3 treatment targets (3TTs) for those with type 2 diabetes.
The WISDOM project has been shortlisted for an HSJ award this year.