Medway diabetes nurse to attend special reception with Theresa May

Date: 20 June 2019

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A nurse from Medway NHS Foundation Trust has been invited to a reception at Downing Street to thank those involved in the care, treatment and prevention of diabetes.

Inpatient Diabetes Specialist Nurse Amanda Epps, who is based at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, is one of a select number of UK healthcare professionals who has been chosen to attend the special event hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday (24 June 2019).

The invitation comes after Amanda won a national award in 2018 for setting up the DSN (Diabetes Specialist Nurse) Forum – an online community which supports her diabetes colleagues across the country – and was named a finalist at last month’s prestigious HSJ Value Awards for the same project. She was also chosen to run the national NHS Twitter account for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week in April.

Amanda said: ‘’I am really excited to go to Downing Street on Monday and meet Theresa May, and I hope to be able to share some of the brilliant work we have done to improve care for diabetes patients in Medway and Swale. 

‘’I know that the Prime Minister is passionate about diabetes care and understands the importance of treating the condition – I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to discuss this with her in person.’’

Trust Chief Executive, James Devine, said: ‘’Amanda is an amazing advocate for our patients with diabetes, and a credit to the Trust, the wider Medway community, and the NHS as a whole.

‘’We look forward to hearing all about her visit to Downing Street, and wish her the best of luck for her meeting with Theresa May.’’

  • Summary:

    A nurse from Medway NHS Foundation Trust has been invited to a reception at Downing Street to thank those involved in the care, treatment and prevention of diabetes.