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.
In July 2020 we expanded our service to work with the beauty and wellness sector to help people who provide foot related treatments to understand the 'diabetic foot' more fully, including when and when not to treat.
Along with Karen and Gemma, we have a small group of experienced Diabetes Specialist Nurses who work with us to run some of the clinical sessions we offer.
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.
DUET diabetes is a member of the following associations:
The Association of Healthcare Trainers
The Federation of Small Businesses