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Jayne Robbie

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2022 - 2023 Clinical Champions Community: Leading Diabetes Care Innovation

Senior podiatrist, University Hospitals Birmingham and Senior lecturer, Birmingham City University 

 

Introduction 

I am a specialist podiatrist working in the inpatient and outpatient MDT in an acute hospital and a senior lecturer on the Advancing Diabetes Care MSc programme at Birmingham City University and started my clinical champions journey in 2019. I sit on several national panels, including FDUK, EDFN and iDEAL and have been pivotal in the ACT NOW campaign to reduce delays in people with diabetes accessing specialist foot teams. I have been working in specialist diabetes foot clinics for over 20 years and in this time we have focussed on amputation reduction. However, now I am more concerned with mortality outcomes and the notion of missingness in some of our vulnerable populations. 

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

As a podiatrist I come from a small and often misunderstood profession so am delighted to have this opportunity to represent my profession at a national level and to spread the word and promote foot protection in diabetes. I am curious and enquiring and have a mischievous sense of humour. I am dedicated and committed to improving outcomes for people with complex foot problems and am hugely team focussed. 

I have been on a life changing and career changing journey since starting my Champions journey in 2019 and I hope that my passion and commitment are infectious. 

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

The increasing mortality rate in people with complex foot problems during and after covid has led me to explore the concept of missingness and the lack of engagement or accessibility for certain populations. This has been very apparent in covid as services were repurposed but seems to be continuing resulting in certain patient groups having really poor outcomes. 

I am working with multi-professional colleagues nationally to promote the ACT NOW campaign (via the iDEAL group), which I have published and presented widely and this has led me to explore means of improving access to specialist foot protection services and reducing delays in accessing foot care. 

What most excites you about this journey? 

Being part of the Clinical Champions Community has been hugely motivating and empowering for me - it gave me the confidence to apply for an academic role and to speak at national conferences including the DUK Professional Conference, as well as to apply for positions on national panels. It has given me a voice as a podiatrist, a diabetes health care practitioner and as a leader. The idea of once again going on a voyage of discovery and possibility is hugely exciting. 
 

2019 - 2021 Clinical Champions

Senior Podiatrist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

As one of our Clinical Champions, Jayne aims to understand the access of non-medical prescribing in podiatry, and the impact that independent prescribing would have on referral patterns, patient outcomes and clinical practice. This project would result in podiatry service improvements and significant patient benefits. Jayne plans to engage with other team across her trust, such as pharmacy and microbiology, to enable information sharing about prescription pathways.

Jayne is looking forward to the leadership and development opportunities of the programme and how these can help progress her project.

Background

Jayne qualified as a podiatrist from Brighton Polytechnic and since then has had a varied career in both primary and secondary care. Jayne was one of the first intake of podiatrists to gain a degree in podiatric medicine. She went on to study for a PGCE and complete an MSc in Health Care. She is currently the first podiatrist from the West Midlands to take part in the NIHR funded Masters to PhD bridging program which has developed her research skills. Jayne is passionate about the prevention of diabetic foot complications and interventions aimed specifically at diabetic foot disease and ulceration – the main cause of hospital admissions for diabetes in the UK.

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