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Dorset nurse chosen as South West diabetes champion

A Dorchester nurse has been named as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion to help transform care for Dorset people with diabetes.

Agnieszka Graja, a diabetes specialist nurse at Dorset County Hospital, was chosen for her commitment to excellence in diabetes care. She is one of 20 UK healthcare professionals, including consultants, nurses, GPs, dietitians, podiatrists and pharmacists, to be appointed a Clinical Champion in 2017.

As a Clinical Champion, Agnieszka Graja will join a two-year leadership development programme, supported by us. Through her training, she will identify areas in need of improvement and push for changes to improve the care that people in Dorset receive.

Agnieszka Graja said: “I hope that the Clinical Champion role will help me to create opportunities for diabetes nurses across the county to build effective working relationships, resulting in better care for patients. Working together could help the focus on prevention, as well as keeping patients well, educated, engaged and successfully self-managing their condition, receiving care close to home when it is required.

"My overall aim is to help develop a seamless, integrated diabetes service across Dorset.

We launched the Clinical Champions programme in 2014 in partnership with Novo Nordisk who provide support and funding.

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