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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Kate Bewsey

Counselling Psychologist, Diabetes Foot Service, St George's Hospital

In her role as one of our Clinical Champions, Kate plans to introduce diabetes distress screening procedures to all new patients attending a specialist multidisciplinary foot team. This will help to highlight emotional distress in diabetic patients and help healthcare professionals to consider psychological issues impacting upon self-management. 

Background

Kate has over 15 years’ experience of working as a counselling psychologist with long term conditions, particularly in diabetes services. Two years ago, she joined the department of Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Health Psychology at St George’s Hospital. Kate has worked to develop psychology provision within the multidisciplinary diabetes foot team providing assessment for patients with diabetic foot complications and risk of amputation. Part of Kate’s role is to support the diabetes foot team through the provision of training, advice, consultation and support. 

Kate is passionate about enhancing the wellbeing of patients living with diabetes. They often fall through the net in mental health services and fail to have their wellbeing needs identified within medical settings. Diabetes distress screening is a first step to quality improvement; integrating both mental and physical health.

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