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World Diabetes Day 2020, The Year of The nurse in Coventry and Warwickshire Posted on 13 Nov 2020

The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day on Saturday 14th November is all about ‘The Nurse and Diabetes’ focussing on the importance about diabetes care, by following this year’s theme which is all about celebrating the role of nurses (primary, community or secondary care) who look after people who have diabetes and how they are making a difference.

Health services are raising awareness about the crucial role that local nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes in Coventry and Warwickshire, Nicola Suddick a Diabetes Specialist nurse and Gillian Schweigert a Primary Care nurse from Warwickshire have shared their experiences of caring for people who have diabetes,

As a highly valued member of the community, nurses do outstanding work to support people living with a wide range of health concerns. People who either live with diabetes or are at risk of developing the condition need their support too.

Anna Wheatley, Senior Commissioning Manager for Long Term Conditions at NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Warwickshire North CCG, said: “Our nurses in primary, community and hospital settings make a vital contribution to the health of our local population, and especially to those who have a long term health condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. Nurses gain extensive insight into the challenges people face when living with diabetes and other long-term conditions, and the impact this has on their overall health.

To ensure nurses promote professionalism and trust, they must uphold professional standards in order to be registered to practise in the UK. Four themes provide the framework around which care is delivered; prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism and trust. We are proud of our nurses across Coventry and Warwickshire and no more so than now, as the role of nurses is currently in the spotlight as Covid-19 pandemic continues, and it is revealing the irreplaceable work of nurses for all to see on World Diabetes Day.”

As the number of people with diabetes continues to rise across Coventry and Warwickshire and the impact that Covid-19 has had on people with diabetes, we are recognising the vital role nurses and other healthcare support staff have. Nurses are often the first and sometimes only healthcare professional that a person interacts with and so the quality of their initial assessment and ongoing care and treatment is vital.

Nurses play a key role in:

·       Diagnosing diabetes early to ensure prompt treatment

·       Providing self-management training and psychological support for people with diabetes to help prevent complications

·       Tackling the risk factors for type 2 diabetes to help prevent the condition

·       Reminding patients about the importance of attending their regular blood test appointments, eye screening and having their feet checked

Nicola and Gillian look after local people living with diabetes and have shared their experiences of caring and supporting their patients in Coventry and Warwickshire, you can watch a video about what they have to say at For more information about diabetes care, management and prevention, visit our new website which has been launched today to mark World Diabetes Day 2020 and to support people who are living with diabetes and to help them manage their long term condition,

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