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Diabetes on the Net is intended for healthcare professionals

An hour-long interactive webinar (now on-demand)

Webinar 1

Risk stratification in Primary Care

Webinar 2

Prescribing Guidance in Primary Care

This virtual broadcast series has been funded by Novo Nordisk. Novo Nordisk has had no editorial input into, or control over, the content of the webinar. PCDS is responsible for the content of the webinar and the selection of speakers.

In these challenging times, healthcare professionals (HCPs) caring for people with diabetes need to ensure that essential care continues, following most recent prescribing guidance. In addition, with the gradual return to regular clinics, careful thought is required as to who should be prioritised for call back and why.

The first broadcast chaired by Claire Hambling a GP from Norfolk and Chair of the Primary Care Diabetes Society, examined, from a primary care perspective, the latest guidance regarding risk stratification of people with diabetes and how this might be adopted in practice. 

In the second broadcast chaired by David Millar-Jones, a GP from Cwmbran and PCDS Committee member, there was a focus on prescribing guidance and the importance of following latest advice in order to deliver optimum long-term outcomes for patients, whilst taking into account potential co-morbidities associated with diabetes.

Webinar 1

Play Video

Risk stratification in Primary Care

This video was originally broadcast on 1 October 2020. Please note that the speaker is not able to answer questions from attendees watching the video on-demand.


Play Video

Question Time debate

How to prioritise primary care diabetes services during and post COVID-19 pandemic

At a glance factsheet: Sources of information and education for people with diabetes to support remote consulting

2020/21 General Medical Services (GMS) contract Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)

Webinar 2

Play Video

Prescribing Guidance in Primary Care​

This video was originally broadcast on 8 October 2020. Please note that the speaker is not able to answer questions from attendees watching the video on-demand.


Play Video

Question Time debate

PCDS Question Time: Prescribing guidance in primary care question and answer summary


Sarah Davies

GP Partner, Cardiff

Sarah Davies is a GP Partner in Cardiff with a special interest in diabetes, and is passionate about general practice, particularly great quality diabetes care in the primary care setting.

She qualified at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2003 and initially trained as a physician with a view to becoming an endocrinologist, before making the excellent move into general practice. She has never looked back! Sarah has continued to develop her interest in diabetes, and presents regularly on the subject to colleagues at local and national meetings. This allows her to indulge her passion for public speaking, share her enthusiasm for the subject and promote her aim that all healthcare professionals in primary care should have access to appropriately targeted diabetes education.

She is the Clinical Director for Diabetes in Primary Care for Cardiff and Vale UHB, a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion and a presenter for NB Medical Education’s Hot Topics, leading their diabetes course.

Jane Diggle

Specialist Practitioner Practice Nurse, South Kirkby

Jane qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing in 1990 (Leeds) and has been a nurse within the same practice for over 20 years. Whilst she retains a generalist role, her special interest is in diabetes for which she is clinical lead within her practice. She is an independent prescriber and has gained MSc modules in Insulin Management and New & Advanced Therapies from Leicester University.

She was appointed Co-Vice Chair of the Primary Care Diabetes Society in 2016 and has been part of the committee since 2010 ( . She is Associate Editor-in-Chief for Diabetes and Primary Care Journal, regularly publishes articles on practical aspects of diabetes care and was instrumental in developing and writing Six Steps to Insulin Safety (a free e-learning module launched in 2016 and available at Jane regularly speaks at national conferences on aspects of diabetes management. She is co-founder of Injection Technique Matters.

Su Down

Diabetes Nurse Consultant, Somerset

Su has specialised in diabetes for 25 years and since 2005 has held the position of Diabetes Nurse Consultant in Somerset. She has played a key role in leading the service through a complete redesign and implementing a community-based team of diabetes specialist nurses and specialist dietitians.

Su’s particular interests are in elderly care, end-of-life care, insulin safety, injection technique, hypoglycaemia and pregnancy care. In her role as Clinical Lead for the intermediate service, she is responsible for the clinical supervision of the nursing team and the service is commissioned to deliver healthcare professional education to primary care, to the community nursing service and to care homes. The service also delivers group education to those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Nationally, Su sits on the board of the Forum for Injection Technique and has developed diabetes modules for the social care sector in conjunction with Skills for Care. She is also on an international board looking to explore the challenges in early conversations between clinicians and people with diabetes. She presented this work at the recent EASD conference. She has had work published on topics including service redesign, the future role of specialist nurses, innovative commissioning, injection technique and hypoglycaemia unawareness.

Kevin Fernando

GP Partner, North Berwick

Kevin is a part-time GP Partner & GP Educational Supervisor working at the coalface in North Berwick Health Centre, near Edinburgh. Kevin is also Scottish lead of the Primary Care Diabetes Society and an observer member of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society. Other roles include RCGP Clinical Advisor for Diabetes & Multimorbidity and also Education Director for GPNotebook Education.

Kevin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and holds both MRCGP and MRCP(UK) qualifications and has completed a Master’s degree in diabetes which he passed with distinction.

Kevin has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and also the Academy of Medical Educators for his work in diabetes and medical education.

Clare Hambling (Chair)

GP, West Norfolk

Clare Hambling is a GP with a passionate interest in diabetes. She is Chair of the West Norfolk Diabetes Network and a member of the programme board for the East Anglia Diabetes Retinal Screening Service. She is an active contributor to the Eastern Academic Health Science Network’s Diabetes Projects Group, providing a primary care perspective on the development of an integrated “hypo pathway” for the whole of the East of England.

Working in West Norfolk, Clare has developed a particular interest in diabetes management in older people. She has recently received a Quality Improvement Award from the East Anglia Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners for a locality-wide project aimed at reducing overtreatment and hypoglycaemia risk among older people with type 2 diabetes.

Clare also has an interest in education and evidenced-based practice. She is a Senior GP Tutor for the University of Cambridge and a Clinical Adviser for the to the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Patrick Holmes

GP, Darlington

Patrick Holmes has been a full-time GP/Partner in the same medical practice in the town of Darlington, in the North of England, for the past 19 years. In addition to this, he works part-time as a GPwSI in Diabetes visiting a number of medical practices in the Derwentside area of County Durham. He has also been the local CCG diabetes lead for the past 12 years.

Stephen Lawrence

Primary Care Clinical Lead, Chatham

Stephen Lawrence is a Primary Care Clinical Lead in Chatham. He graduated from Leeds University Medical School in 1987. His interest in metabolic medicine was awakened when he completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemical Pathology during his intercalated year. He has previously worked as a Medical Advisor for Prisons at the Department of Health, where he participated in an award-winning prison diabetes study. His interests include critical appraisal of evidence-based medicine and diabetes commissioning and service development. He has presented to healthcare audiences throughout the UK and beyond.

In 2003, Stephen was instrumental in establishing an intermediate-care GP with a Special Interest in Diabetes clinic in Medway in answer to the burgeoning burden of diabetes referrals to the local Medway Maritime Hospital. He has written articles on the evolving role of community-based diabetes care. He trains healthcare professionals wishing to advance to supplementary or independent prescribing status. In addition, he has served in a joint role of Primary Care Medical Advisor for Diabetes UK and Clinical Diabetes Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners.

David Millar-Jones (Chair)

GP with a Special Interest in Diabetes, Cwmbran

David Millar-Jones is a GP in Cwmbran and has established a successful intermediate care service within the locality. He is also an Associate Specialist in Diabetes and Lecturer at Cardiff Medical School. This gives him a good working knowledge of secondary care and educational needs and standards. David is also an Executive Committee Member for the Welsh Endocrine Society, whose aim is to direct the Welsh Assembly Government regarding endocrinology in Wales.

David stands for good standards of care, structure, education and support within primary care in order for it to be recognised as the principal arena for the management of diabetes. He also believes that there is a great need for increased understanding of secondary care by the primary care community, as to the benefits that can be offered within a community setting. He aims to continue to promote intermediate care services and facilitate structured education.

This virtual broadcast series has been funded by Novo Nordisk. Novo Nordisk has had no editorial input into, or control over,
the content of the webinar. PCDS is responsible for the content of the webinar and the selection of speakers.

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