Clinical Psychologist, NHS Grampian
As one of our Clinical Champions, Kirsty will be focusing on ensuring people living with diabetes in Scotland have access to psychological support to both improve their emotional wellbeing, where this is compromised, and to improve their health outcomes.
Kirsty is extremely committed to improving the lives of people living with diabetes, particularly in ways that support their wellbeing and ensure they have the best possible quality of life. She is also keen to help hard-pushed multi-disciplinary colleagues providing care to think more holistically about the lives of people living with diabetes so that we can together have realistic expectations about what is achievable at any point in time.
For the past 10 years Kirsty has been working as a clinical psychologist in NHS Grampian Adult Diabetes Service. During this time, she has become increasingly involved in taking a lead role in efforts to drive forward improvements in the quality of service offered to the diabetes community, including developing effective and efficient interventions and ways of working to address intractable healthcare problems related to diabetes.
Kirsty is the first psychologist to become a member of the Scottish Diabetes Group. This committee is responsible for the strategic direction of diabetes care and reports directly to the Scottish Government. She also chairs a short life working group focused on recommending mental health patient reported outcome measures in diabetes care pathways.
Kirsty is the Scottish regional lead on the National Network of Psychologists in Diabetes and a member of the NHS Grampian Diabetes Managed Clinical Network, which oversees development and implementation of our local diabetes strategy.