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Janet Collins

Lead Nurse for Diabetes, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust 

As one of our Clinical Champions, Janet will improve inpatient experience by providing better support in hospital for people to take ownership of their own diabetes, where appropriate, through implementing a Diabetes Champions Programme for staff at all levels.  

Background 

Janet qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 and began working on surgical wards. Janet’s interest in diabetes developed from her time on a hepatopancreatic speciality ward where patients often ended up with secondary diabetes following radical pancreatic surgery.  

Janet worked as a District Nurse before becoming a Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse in 1996. She then became a DSN Team Leader at an acute trust in 2003 and developed a robust DSN team covering two hospital inpatient and complex diabetes outpatient services. In 2019, Janet took on her current role as the Lead Nurse for Diabetes for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, a multisite acute trust in Peterborough and Huntingdon.

Janet is the Clinical Lead Nurse for both the adult and paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse Teams and actively works to promote a seamless transition for young people within the service.  

Aside from a passion for improving patient experience through healthcare professional education, Janet’s clinical interest lies with the diabetes in pregnancy pathway and the diabetes technology service. 

Janet was recently presented with her 35-year NHS Long Service Award, having worked within diabetes care for 27 of those years, still learning new things with an endless passion, enthusiasm and gratitude for the continued opportunity to work in a job she loves.

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