Maureen decided to go it alone after 38 years of NHS nursing, ending up as one of only 30 Diabetes Nurse Consultants in the UK. The business offers everything from one-to-one patient advice to masterminding multimillion pound diabetes care strategies.
Maureen said: “Diabetes is the UK’s health ticking time-bomb – Diabetes Complete Care UK can help to defuse it.
“When carefully managed, diabetes need not define you and Diabetes Complete Care UK believes this.
“Our focus is about putting the management of diabetes care back into the hands of those living with the condition.
“This does not necessarily mean just for patients but also making sure support is there for main carers of the vulnerable.”
GPs and Clinical Commissioning Groups will utilise Diabetes Complete Care UK in bridging the gap between primary care services and those older people living in nursing/care homes or housebound.
Maureen identified the gap whilst working as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse within a GP practice, and when she subsequently held the position of the only Hypoglycaemic Research Nurse in the UK for Professor Jiten Vora at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
She saw first-hand how vulnerable older people with diabetes were and has set up Diabetes Complete Care UK to help those often forgotten patients.
Diabetes Complete Care UK will help cut the cost of unscheduled care by putting quality diabetes care and assessments in place. Working side by side with doctors in GP practices the team will identify those patients unable to attend for long term condition screening and visit them at home to carry out their review face to face.
Maureen said: “Diabetes Complete Care UK will not hold any records belonging to patients or the GP practice which avoids confidentiality and governance issues. All prescribing decisions and recommendations for adjustment are left with the GP.
“What we do is help reach those patients who often get left behind because they are unable to make it into the surgery. This can have serious consequences for those with diabetes and early intervention is the key to their long term health and wellbeing.”