Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Belfast Health and social Care Trust
Joanne has worked as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse for 15 years in the Regional Endocrinology & Diabetes Centre, RVH, Belfast. She is a member of the Northern Ireland DSN Group and represents the Belfast Trust on an insulin pump subgroup.
Joanne has a particular interest in diabetes and pregnancy and Type 1 patients on insulin pump therapy.
She is a nurse prescriber and completed a Master’s Degree in 2012, examining insulin pump therapy.
As Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, Joanne hopes to audit current practice regarding insulin pump therapy; this will focus on education provided at the transitional clinic and the knowledge of inpatient nursing staff.
She hopes to develop readily accessible information for inpatient nurses and streamline the transition from paediatric to adult services facilitating the downloading of pumps and blood glucose monitors to enhance the quality of clinic consultations.