National Diabetes Specialist Nurses Forum

16th September 2021 4 – 6 pm
Virtual event

Join us at the 13th Session of the diabetes forum PARADIGM. A meeting for specialist nurses in diabetes and HCPs involved in Diabetes care. Expect discussions on relevant, current issues and sharing of best practices in the current, challenging environment.

What to expect? 
Expect a variety of different topics, like:
  • Getting it right first time in diabetes
  • Managing diabetes in adolescence and adults
  • Helping to find the right balance by reducing glucose fluctuations in people with Type 1 diabetes

Scroll down to see the full programme and list of speakers with their biographies. Please register to let us know you will be joining us. Feel free to attend all or just a part of the sessions, depending on your availability.


Time Session SPEAKER


Opening Remarks Grace Vanterpool MBE - Chair
Nurse Consultant in Diabetes: Diabetes Integrated Care Ealing
16:05 GIRFT (Getting It Right First Time) in DIABETES Professor Gerry Rayman MBE
Consultant Physician, Head of Service Diabetes and Endocrine Centre Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust
16:30 Reducing glucose fluctuations in people with T1 diabetes Peter Kelly
Lead Diabetes Nurse University Hospitals Plymouth
16:55 Rationale for the use of combination injectable therapy in patients with Type 2 Diabetes who have High HBA1c >9% and/or Long Duration (>8 years)? Professor Rory McCrimmon
Dean of Medicine, Professor of Experimental Diabetes and Metabolism, SDRN Lead
17:20 Beyond HBA1c: Time in Range & Other Metrics: Managing T1 Diabetes in Adolescence and Adults Dr Dulmini Kariyawasam
Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, GSTT, NHSF Trust
17:45 Panel Summary and Close


CPD credits have been applied for this webinar. This promotional webinar is organised and funded by Sanofi. This event is intended for UK healthcare professionals only. Adverse events reporting and prescribing information will be available at the meeting. Please note that to be eligible for CPD point, you will need to attend a minimum of 1 hour of the live event.

Adverse events should be reported. Reporting forms and information can be found at Adverse events should also be reported to the Sanofi drug safety department on 0800 0902 314. Alternatively, send via email to Prescribing information will be available at the meeting.

The chair and speakers

    Grace Vanterpool

    MBE - Nurse Consultant in Diabetes: Diabetes Intergrated Care, Ealing

    Grace has been nursing for 40 years working as a diabetes specialist for 19 years and a consultant nurse in diabetes for 15 years. She works across primary and secondary care and lectures on diabetes in two universities. Grace currently works in Ealing, West London as the clinical lead. She has taken Ealing CCG from a poorly performing CCG in diabetes care to a CCG preforming above the national average.
    Grace was part of the UKPDS study and was also a member of the all parliamentary diabetes group.
    Grace has received several national awards for her services to diabetes nursing as well as her services to ethnic minorities.
    In 2006 she was awarded the community nurse of the year, the overall nurse of the year and an MBE.
    She is founder and chair of the African & Caribbean Diabetes, Foundation UK 2010, Past Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Diabetes forum and current Chair of the National Diabetes Nurse Consultant Group.
    Grace was also a trustee of the Oxford Health Alliance. 
    Professor Gerry Rayman

    Consultant Physician, Head of Service Diabetes and Endocrine Center Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust

    Gerry Rayman is a Consultant Physician at the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust, Honorary Professor at University of East Anglia, Visiting Professor at the University of Suffolk, and Associate Lecturer at Cambridge University. He contributes to research into complications of diabetes, particularly foot complications, and new technologies in diabetes care including devices and diabetes education. He has been the clinical lead for Diabetes UK’s ‘Putting Feet First’ campaign and has contributed to NICE guidelines on the diabetic foot (CG10, CG119 NG 19) and the NCEPOD recommendations on lower limb amputations and perioperative care. He has been the NHS Diabetes Clinical Lead for diabetes in-patient care and foot disease. He is the STP lead for diabetes in Suffolk and NE Essex. He is the innovator and lead of the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit. He is past President of the Endocrine and Diabetes Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Chair of Diabetes’ Clinical Study Group in Acute Care, Clinical Lead of Diabetes' inpatient initiative and the Getting it Right First Time co-lead for Diabetes aimed at improving diabetes care in England. 
    Peter Kelly

    Lead Diabetes Nurse University Hospitals Plymouth

    Peter Kelly qualified from Exeter University as a registered nurse in 1997 and began work on the Medical Assessment Unit at Derriford Hospital. Following two years as an operational support manage Peter moved to work on the Diabetes/Endocrinology ward and a Junior Charge Nurse and then Ward Manager. Next, Peter moved to become Ward Manager on a newly created medical/HCE ward prior to taking on the role of Diabetes Specialist Nurse in late 2006. Initially he worked as part of the inpatient DSN team before moving into a clinic-based setting working in a variety of disciplines including Teaching Type 2 education, Diabetes Erectile Dysfunction clinic, managing Type 2 patients in outpatient setting.
    For the past 4 years, Peter has taken on the role as lead nurse for structured type 1 diabetes, young adult service and CSII therapy. During this time the CSII cohort of patients has doubled to over 240 patients using a variety of CSII devices. In 2017 he extended his role to support GP Practices in the North West of Plymouth.
    Professor Rory McCrimmon

    Dean of Medicine, Professor of Experimental Diabetes and Metabolism, SDRN Lead

    Prof. Rory McCrimmon is Dean, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, and Honorary Consultant. He is currently also Lead Clinician for the Scottish Diabetes Research Network (SDRN), which provides the necessary infrastructure to co-ordinate and enable academic and commercial research throughout Scotland. The SDRN hosts a National Research Register of over 11,000 subjects with diabetes pre-consented to be contacted about clinical trials. The register is directly linked to SCI-diabetes, which contains secure clinical and biochemical data on over 350,000 people with diabetes in Scotland. Prof McCrimmon serves on Editorial Boards of Diabetologia and Diabetes. He is a panel member for: Medical Research Council Population and Systems Medicine Board, Diabetes UK, Clinical Studies Group Management Committee; Diabetes UK, Intermediate Clinical Fellowships Panel; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation PEAK Programme; Panel member, International Hypoglycaemia Study Group. He was awarded the 2015 RD Lawrence Lecture by Diabetes UK for his research in Hypoglycaemia. 
    Dr Dulmini Kariyawasam

    Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, GSTT, NHSF Trust

    Dr Dulmini Kariyawasam was appointed a consultant in diabetes, endocrinology and general internal medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’s in 2010. She was awarded a Masters in Diabetes and Endocrinology by King’s College London in 2008 and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 2015. She is also a senior lecturer at King’s College London.
    Dulmini has a special interest in the management of young adults with diabetes and endocrine problems. She has expertise in managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and a broad range of endocrine problems. She works closely with a multidisciplinary team of specialist nurses, radiologists, and surgeons providing comprehensive diabetes and endocrine care. She has pioneered innovative models of care for young adults and has won national awards. 

The multidisciplinary approach of the presentations and friendly environment of the meeting informs and empowers the attendees with knowledge from a diverse range of subjects, impacting on all aspect of diabetes management, from orthodontic to foot care

Anna Reid - Former Chair of the Paradigm Meeting, Diabetes Nurse Consultant, GSTT NHSF Trust
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