Podiatrist, NHS Highland
Fiona Main has worked in NHS Highland for 23 years and has 16 years extensive experience in the management of people with complex diabetic foot disease. Fiona has a sound understanding of the challenges that a remote and rural region poses for patients and clinicians. Diabetes foot disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, with foot ulceration leading to amputation. Evidence suggests that up to 80% of amputations may be preventable.
Fiona’s main ambition is to reduce amputations in diabetes. This is particularly challenging as NHS Highland covers the most remote and rural area in Scotland and patients face unique challenges due to distance from specialist health resources and transport limitations.
Fiona’s main goal as a Clinical Champion is to promote the Check Protect Refer (CPR) Campaign for in-patients with diabetes. This Initiative was produced by The Scottish Diabetes Foot Action Group in 2013 and pop-up Posters have been funded by The Highland Branch of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Fiona has delivered the foot education session and enjoys the challenge in motivating others to help promote healthy feet and looks forward to the opportunity to empower and champion more individuals in the prevention of foot ulceration and amputation.