Diabetes UK Local Clinical Champion

A Harrogate District Hospital nurse has been appointed a Diabetes UK Local Clinical Champion, the only nurse among 20 other healthcare professionals.

Diabetes Specialist Nurse Debora Brown is taking forward projects including improving diabetes care for people aged over 75 both in hospital and at home, and supporting healthcare professionals who would like to learn more about diabetes.

She is also keen to widen access to diabetes education for people with diabetes as well as doctors and nurses.

Local Clinical Champions have a two-year tenure and are supported by Diabetes UK, Novo Nordisk and Ashridge Business School in Herefordshire.

In the UK there is significant variation in care, treatments and health outcomes for people with diabetes. However, there is a clear and growing evidence base that it is possible to deliver better care for less money by ensuring effective services help reduce expensive and personally devastating complications.

In the face of this growing health challenge, Diabetes UK has created local clinical champions and networks which foster the leadership and collaboration necessary to create effective, joined-up services.

Diabetes UK Clinical Champions are healthcare professionals with the knowledge and drive to improve care locally for people living with diabetes. They act as catalysts for change, working closely with local decision makers to ensure diabetes is at the top of the health agenda and to implement innovative solutions to local issues.

Debora, who lives in Bedale, North Yorkshire, has worked as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse for 23 years, in London, the South East and York before coming to Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust seven years ago.

Debora said: “Nurses don’t often get this opportunity to work with other specialists in diabetes from around the UK. I am really proud to be involved as a nurse, and am looking forward to being able to take my projects forward with the support of my colleagues in the Trust’s diabetes team, as well as from Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group.

“I will be meeting up with the other Clinical Champions twice a year to exchange ideas and receive help and support from them and Diabetes UK. This will give me the impetus to drive forward changes in diabetes locally.

“I am part of a fantastic diabetes team at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust who are excited and supportive of my new role. It gives us all the opportunity to make some real changes which will hopefully have lasting benefits to those people in this area who live with diabetes.”

The first batch of over a hundred health and social care jobs in the Harrogate area are now being advertised to help transform care locally. Health and care services are holding a New Care Models recruitment fair on Thursday 12 November at Harrogate District Hospital.

This event signals the progress being made by health and social care services in Harrogate and Rural District after being selected as a national Vanguard site earlier this year, leading the way nationally on better ways of delivering health and care services.

NHS, council and social care partners in Harrogate and Rural District are one of only 29 ‘Vanguards’ nationally to be at the forefront of improving care for local people, testing out new ways of delivering services, known as New Care Models, that will be rolled out nationally over time.

Community health and social care services in Harrogate and Rural District are changing and we are now recruiting a range of health and social care professionals who can work together across traditional boundaries to improve care services, by putting the person first.

Over the next couple of years, we will change the way we deliver health and care services across the Harrogate area, starting in Knaresborough and Boroughbridge to test out the model. These new roles will work in a team with GPs and other health and care staff and be supported to work together to provide a seamless service that is truly person-centred.

We firmly believe that people should have access to the right care as close to home as possible to keep them healthy, well and independent and only go to hospital if they really need to. This means changing the way we deliver services so that local people get the right care in the right place, first time, and experience the health and care services they deserve.

The recruitment fair takes place between 5-8pm at Trust Headquarters, third floor, Strayside Wing, Harrogate District Hospital. Interested individuals are asked to first apply for the role of their choice online at www.jobs.nhs.uk. Once the application is received, if the person meets the job specification they will be invited to interview at the Recruitment Event on 12 November.

Recruitment is taking place for the Knaresborough and Boroughbridge areas and anyone interested can also find out more and register their interest for future posts around Harrogate, Ripon and Pateley Bridge. If you are any of the following or have experience in support roles in health and social care, we want to hear from you:

  • Qualified nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Advance clinical practitioner
  • Communications
  • Business intelligence and finance

In addition to the New Care Models posts, there are also vacancies for registered nurses working in a number of clinical areas at Harrogate District Hospital.

If anyone would like to talk about any of the jobs mentioned above they can call Pam Blythe on 01423 553041, or email [email protected]

This is a fantastic opportunity to shape health and care services for the future in the Harrogate area.