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Katy Davenport

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Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

As a Clinical Champion, Katy plans to implement a weekend diabetes in-patient service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The ambition is that this will improve patient experience, support earlier and timely discharge and reduce the burden on the diabetes registrars. Initially, the project will trial and review Saturday working with a view that Sunday working may be needed in the future.

Background

Katy is the Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, managing a large team. Clinically Katy continues to support Type 1 diabetes with a special interest in insulin pumps and flash/continuous glucose monitoring in pregnancy.

Katy qualified from Barts Hospital in 1994 and her role during the first 6 years post-qualification was as an acute renal nurse at The Middlesex Hospital in London. In 2001, Katy made the move into diabetes and worked at Barts & The Homerton Hospitals as a Diabetes Nurse Specialist. She then moved to Cambridge  to take up the post of Lead Nurse for Diabetes and subsequently became a DAFNE educator and insulin pump trained.

Since being in post, Katy has collaborated with her dietetic colleagues to transform the approach to patient care and support the development of the team to become ‘educators’ who can cover each other’s roles at band 7. Together they have implemented a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week out-of-hours emergency on-call service for patients with Type 1 diabetes and driven the service forward to include a well-established insulin pump service, rapid access service, psychological wellbeing service as well as integrating research into clinical practice.

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