Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust
Erica completed her nurse training in Manchester and qualified as an RGN 1999. She has nursing experience in both acute and community nursing. She has been a full time DSN within the acute sector since 2009. She has experience in the training and education of nursing and medical staff within the secondary care sector. She is currently the lead for insulin pump therapy in Shropshire and has a master’s level qualification in continuous insulin pump therapy which she gained through Liverpool University. In 2010, she took a lead role in the implementation of the Think Glucose initiative within her current Trust and continues work to maintain this on an on-going basis. In 2013 she qualified as a non-medical prescriber. Following this, she was promoted to lead diabetes specialist nurse within the Trust (September 2014). She currently manages a team of 7 nurses that cover 2 hospital sites in Shropshire. Her team are responsible for; supporting all in-patient care for adults with diabetes and provide cover within maternity for mothers with type 1 diabetes. They also provide a continuous blood glucose monitoring service and initiate, monitor and support over 180 individuals on insulin pump therapy, provide a robust teaching programme for both medical and nursing staff on a regular basis and support the specialist endocrine service. Erica has particular interest in facilitating both persons with diabetes and health care professionals to learn more about effective management of diabetes. She remains fascinated by the continuous research, developments in treatment and equipment in the care and management of diabetes.