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Dr Rose Stewart

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2022 - 2023 Clinical Champions Community: Leading Diabetes Care Innovation

Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Diabetes Psychology Lead, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, North Wales

 

Introduction

I'm a Diabetes Psychologist working in North Wales with a number of additional Diabetes Psychology leadership roles in Wales and the wider UK. I'm really passionate about embedding psychological thinking throughout the diabetes care and research system to drive forwards improvements in care and quality of life for people living with diabetes.  

What gifts, strengths, or unique experiences do you intend to bring to your development work? 

As a psychologist, I trained outside of the physical healthcare system and I think this enables me to have a unique perspective on healthcare issues, as well as being able to think innovatively about how systems could change. I'm incredibly passionate about the field that I work in, and I find that this, combined with my ability to think creatively, means that I often come up with innovative approaches to problem solving.  

What area of change are you currently passionate about in diabetes care? 

I'm interested in ways that we can 'psychologise' the entire diabetes healthcare system - in practise this primarily involves developing specialist diabetes psychology resources for non-psychologists to use in clinic, embedding psychological thinking into routine care systems (e.g., trauma informed care), and ensuring that psychology has a voice that gets heard in all diabetes discussions and planning.  

What most excites you about this journey? 

I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to strengthen my diabetes network with the other Clinical Champions - having the opportunity to connect with people who feel equally passionate about improving the diabetes care system is going to be great! 

 

2019 - 2021 Clinical Champions

Principal Clinical Psychologist

As one of our Clinical Champions, Rose will be focusing on increasing emotional wellbeing in people living with diabetes in Wales and across the UK. She plans to do this by developing her service into a national exemplar for co-production and service user engagement, and by developing a range of self-help resources for people facing common psychological issues linked to Type 1 diabetes.

Background

Rose trained as an undergraduate at Cardiff University and completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Bangor University in 2014. She initially worked in paediatric psychology and persistent pain services, before running a pilot in a Young Adult diabetes service in North Wales in 2016 that quickly turned out to be her dream job. 

Rose currently holds two roles in NHS Wales. Her main role is working with young adults aged 17-25 in a specialist young adult diabetes service where she and the team have developed an integrated service model that delivers holistic care to young adults. She also holds an All-Wales role writing a range of guided self-help resources for people living with Type 1 diabetes (the Talking Type 1 range), that are co-produced by people living with Type 1 and their families. Rose is a committee member of DCP Wales, and the National Network of Psychologists in Diabetes, and teaches at Swansea and Bangor University.

Rose is passionate about creating radical change in diabetes services for adults in Wales and across the UK, so that psychological care becomes a core component of routine care. She is also passionate about working with vulnerable groups who often fall between the gaps in services, and working with young people to develop their voices in service design and improvement.

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