In-Patient Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Sarah Gregory is the In-Patient DSN at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, one of three acute hospitals in East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.
Sarah moved into Diabetes Care in 2000, having been a District Nurse and worked initially in Primary Care as a Community DSN.
Since 2009 she has been an In-Patient DSN – she set up the In-Patient DSN service in East Kent, developing an electronic referral system, improving diabetes care in the acute setting and auditing and identifying areas for improvement.
She has developed and delivered a three day training programme for in-patient nurses to improve standards of diabetes care in the acute setting, which is now delivered across all three sites.
Sarah has also worked with other disciplines and agencies to develop, deliver and evaluate a three day Foundation Course for GP’s and Practice Nurses, and has been involved in the delivery of education to care and nursing homes.
Sarah became a clinical champion to raise the profile of Diabetes in East Kent, and to look at collaborative working and influencing others in improving diabetes care – particularly in reducing admissions for the elderly and vulnerable patients in care homes and who rely on others to give diabetes care.