The North Devon Diabetes service is a team of professionals dedicated to providing patient centred integrated diabetes care across the region. The team aim to provide diabetes care where it can be most appropriately delivered to meet the needs of the patient whether that is in hospital, at home, in the GP surgery or in the community.
Your diabetes care could be provided by a number of specialists, these include:
Diabetes Specialist Nurses
The Diabetes Specialist Nurse team are based at North Devon District Hospital and their helpline number is:
01271 322726 (Monday – Friday 0830 – 1630)
Gayle Richards, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist – Diabetes
“Thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts”
Poe Budge, Clinical Nurse Specialist – Diabetes
“The care you gave us both was amazing and I want to sincerely that you for that.”
Kate Smith, Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse
“Thank you Kate for your compassion and understanding”
Toni Pascoe-White, Diabetes Specialist Nurse
“Thank you for your support”
Carina Figueria, Diabetes Specialist Nurse
The podiatry service provides specialist advice and treatment for patients suffering from nail and feet conditions. You may hear the term chiropodist being used; there is no difference between a chiropodist and podiatrist, chiropody is generally thought to be less modern term. All the members of the specialist podiatry team are all registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. The team also works closely with other teams to provide multidisciplinary treatment for more complicated conditions.
Diabetes is a medical condition that puts your feet at risk therefore you can self-refer or be referred by a health professional e.g. your GP
To self-refer simply complete the Patient Self Referral Application to Podiatry Form and send to:
North Devon Podiatry Services
Barnstaple Health Centre
Diabetes Specialist Dietitians
Ellie and Naomi are both registered dietitians and are our diabetes specialist dietitians. Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level.
Ellie Williams RD MNut (left) is a registered dietitian under HCPC (DT14720) who graduated from The University of Nottingham with a Masters of Nutrition (with Dietetics) in 2005. After working as an acute Dietitian Ellie become a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian in 2007. Ellie has a particular interest in Carbohydrate counting, Insulin Pump Therapy and using behaviour change strategies to help people with diabetes achieve their goals.
Naomi Lewis RD BSc Hons (right) is a registered dietitian under HCPC (DT28034) who graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2014. She worked as a general dietitian in Weston General Hospital and then North Devon District Hospital before becoming a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian in October 2018. She has a particular interest in weight management and diabetes.
Dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Dietitians are statutorily regulated, with a protected title and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. The title ‘dietitian’ can only be used by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered with the Health Care Professions Council and whose details are on the HCPC website.
Community Diabetes Link Nurses
The Diabetes Link Nurse programme has been developed to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of registered nurses and their teams working with patients with diabetes.
The Diabetes Link Nurse programme is structured around a knowledge framework for diabetes nursing which consists of a core set of key skills in:
- Promoting self-care
- Oral Therapies
- Injectable therapies
Diabetes Link nurses act as a link between their own clinical area and the Diabetes Specialist Nurse team. Diabetes Link nurses have a specialist interest in diabetes and work within the knowledge framework for diabetes nursing.
Diabetes Link Nurses are part of a network of nurses who strive to increase awareness of best practice in managing patients with diabetes.