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Rosalyn Thomas

Swansea Deputy Head of Podiatry, Abertawe Bro Morganwg University Health Board

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Rosalyn qualified as a podiatrist in 1979 and since 1988 has been involved in managing the diabetic foot. She is actively involved with research on the diabetic foot and in international multi centred trials as well as national trials. She is the Welsh representative for foot in Diabetes UK (FDUK).

In 2011 and 2015 Rosalyn achieved an award from the Department of Health for setting up a Multi-disciplinary foot clinic and for changing the clinic to improve the patient’s pathway.

In July 2007 she was involved with a Welsh Government funded initiative which resulted in her writing an E-Learning module and setting up a diabetic foot clinic in Africa in the Gambia. 

As a Diabetes UK Champion, Rosalyn aims to raise the awareness of potential foot problems amongst people living with diabetes within Abertawe Bro Morganwg University Health Board.

“It has been proven in other centres of excellence that education and improved foot screening can reduce the rate of avoidable lower limb amputations by 80%. Improving patient’s knowledge and understanding of the possible devastating problems in delaying investigations when a foot is at risk,  should encourage patients to self-care and give health care staff confidence to refer patients for preventative interventions. This will help to reduce late referrals to secondary care and cut costs, not only to the Health Board but for the economy and more importantly improve the health of our residents in ABMULHB”

To contact Rosalyn Thomas please emailclinicalchampions@diabetes.org.uk.

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