In-Patient Diabetes Specialist Nurse,
East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust
Sarah Gregory is the In-Patient DSN at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, one of three acute hospitals in East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.
Sarah moved into Diabetes Care in 2000, having been a District Nurse and worked initially in Primary Care as a Community DSN. Since 2008 she has been an In-Patient DSN – she set up the In-Patient DSN service in East Kent, developing an electronic referral system, improving diabetes care in the acute setting and auditing and identifying areas for improvement.
She has developed and delivered a three day training programme for in-patient nurses to improve standards of diabetes care in the acute setting, which is now delivered across all three sites, and components of this are also used in Junior Doctor training.
For her work during ‘Hypo Awareness week’ in 2017, she was nominated for a Quality in Care award, coming 2nd in this national award – for development of resources for prevention and management of hypoglycaemia in hospital
Sarah has also worked with other disciplines and agencies to develop, deliver and evaluate a three day Foundation Course for GP’s and Practice Nurses, delivery of diabetes education to care home and nursing homes, as well as workshops for those working within Mental Health.
Sarah is a Diabetes UK Clinical champion – a national role working locally to raise the profile of Diabetes in East Kent, and to look at collaborative working and influencing others in improving diabetes care.