DWELL Programme Lead, Medway Community Health Care (MCH)
Julie Webster, ASPIRE & DWELL Programme Lead, Medway Community Healthcare CIC Julie Webster is a registered dietitian, who has specialised in diabetes for the majority of her career. Julie has worked for the same organisation since qualifying as a mature student back in 1999. Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) is a social enterprise. A social enterprise is a business with a social purpose that reinvests any surplus it makes back into delivering patient services and into the local community. Medway is a collection of small towns on the River Medway in Kent, England. Very early on in her career Julie developed group education sessions for people with Type 2 diabetes because of her belief in the power of the group approach. Julie became a DAFNE educator and later lead on the development of a diabetes education programme for people with Type 1 living in Medway, based on the Bournemouth model, called MINT1E (Medway Intensive Type 1 Education), taking this programme through the process to become accredited with QISMET (Quality Institute for Self-Management, Education & Training). It is because of this background in diabetes education that Julie and MCH were invited in 2015 to be part of the DWELL (Diabetes and WELLbeing) European research project. DWELL is a 4 year project funded by the EU Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Since then Julie has also taken on the lead for MCH of another Interreg funded project called ASPIRE and started her MSc in Global Public Health.