DUET diabetes was founded in 2015 and is a company born out of the desire to improve the understanding and knowledge of those looking after people with diabetes. The service we offer is designed to improve the skills and confidence of carers, nurses and healthcare support workers and the standards of diabetes care they provide; ultimately benefiting the people they look after and their quality of life.
The team is expanding: we were delighted to welcome Karen and Gemma last year who have been sharing their expertise by running workshops for DUET diabetes since October 2019. As we enter into 2020, we are fortunate to have another experienced diabetes professional leading some of our workshops in Suffolk and Norfolk; namely Jackie Young.
Director & Service Lead
I have over 13 years of experience working within the pharmaceutical sector covering sales, marketing, training and regulatory responsibilities. My most recent position was for a leading diabetes company working within Primary Care, which I left in 2014.
My passion has always been education and I have focused my energies on partnering with diabetes teams within the localities where I have worked, to provide high quality educational programmes for health professionals at all levels. My primary aim is to improve outcomes for people living with diabetes which is a complex, long term condition and I believe that an educated and empowered workforce is crucial to achieve this.
For some time I recognised a need for relevant and interactive diabetes training for those working in care homes and this brought me to form DUET diabetes with a local DSN, Helen Stephen. In 2019 Helen decided to leave DUET diabetes, allowing her time to pursue other activities. We are both proud of what we have developed and achieved working together over 4 years. I look forward to continuing to work with care and health providers in East Anglia - together we can make a difference to the quality of life of adults living with diabetes!
Diabetes Educator (nurse)
RGN, BSc., MSc.
Karen qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1984 at Ipswich Hospital. During her career Karen has had an interest in the care of patients with chronic disease. Working as a Rheumatology Nurse for seven years and then as a Diabetes Research Nurse for a further eight years. As part of her role she undertook a research study into hypoglycaemia during pregnancy for those living with diabetes. After successfully completing her Masters Degree in Health Studies in 2007, Karen then took up a career in Health Education, whilst remaining in practice one day a week. Currently, Karen also works as a coach on the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and remains an Associate Tutor in the School of Health at the University of East Anglia.
BSc (Hons) Podiatry, MSc Sports Biomechanics, HCPC Registered Podiatrist
Gemma qualified as a Podiatrist in 2004 from Huddersfield University and has experience in both the NHS and also private fields. Gemma completed her Master’s in Sports Biomechanics in 2008 and has spent 4 years working in France as a Biomechanics Podiatrist. Gemma has in her career been invited to conduct presentations all over the UK, as well as overseas, discussing the influence Biomechanics has in modern day practice. She has also lectured at the Royal Society of Medicine on the effects Diabetes has on elite athletes.
Diabetes Educator (nurse)
RGN, BSc. (Hons)
Jackie qualified as a nurse in 1991 at Maidstone Hospital in Kent. After a short time as a staff nurse, she worked as practice nurse where her interest in diabetes developed. In 1996 she took the opportunity to study for a degree in community health studies and a health visiting certificate and shortly after completing this took up her first diabetes specialist nurse post at Medway Hospital in Kent. On moving to Devon in 2002 she obtained a post as a paediatric diabetes specialist nurse and remained in this role for 8 years, continuing to work one day per week as a health visitor. Jackie qualified as an independent prescriber in 2004.
On moving to Suffolk in 2010 Jackie worked as a community diabetes specialist nurse for Anglian Community Enterprise and Ipswich Hospital, conducting diabetes clinics in 13 general practices throughout East Suffolk. Four years ago, she took a sideways step from her full-time role and she is now employed part-time in general practice. Here she sees patients from diagnosis through to more complex treatment initiation including insulin and GLP-1 therapy.
Jackie has always enjoyed teaching and has taught on courses for practice nurses, a rolling programme of education for community nurses, the former ENB 928 diabetes course at Exeter University and in-house training for junior doctors.
DUET diabetes is a member of the following associations:
The Association of Healthcare Trainers The Federation of Small Businesses