Meet the staff

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)

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

Vicarage Street


EX32 7BH


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.

Last updated: June 17, 2019