Podiatrist, King's College Hospital
Daina undertook her undergraduate education at the University of South Australia, where she completed her Bachelor of Podiatry followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Wound Care at MONASH University. Since relocating to the United Kingdom, she has worked in community, secondary and tertiary podiatric NHS services. Daina is currently working as a specialist podiatrist at the Diabetic Foot Clinic at King’s College Hospital, and has been actively involved in service evaluation and service development projects. Daina presented the results of this work at the Diabetic Foot Study Group Conference and was awarded their First Time Presenter Grant in 2016. She has also presented her work at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference.
Daina’s work collating and interpreting her site's data for the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit to identify areas for change has inspired her to become a Clinical Champion. Daina's proposal sets out to develop an educational resource, to support and equip community health care professionals - as well as Accident and Emergency Departments - in triaging patients presenting with acute diabetes foot complaints. This will also streamline the referral pathway into multidisciplinary foot teams. This project aims to improve patient access to acute multidisciplinary foot health services, reduce the financial and human cost associated with diabetes related foot complications and optimise patient outcomes.