Meet the Team
Diabetes Forum Chair
Diabetes Nurse Consultant, Harrow Community Diabetes Service - Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Sonia currently works as the Diabetes Nurse Consultant and provide both clinical and operational leadership to the Harrow Community Diabetes Team. The service is nurse led with consultant support. The service is commissioned to provide care and support for people with type 2 diabetes in Harrow.
Sonia has over 15 years of experience in the field of diabetes. She is a Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale scholar. As a Mary Seacole scholar, she explored how to increase access and improve health outcomes for Arabic speakers in North Kensington. During her Florence Nightingale International Travel Scholarship she explored the importance of providing culturally relevant diabetes care, and gained experience at Joslin Diabetes Centre in Boston USA and Diabetes Association in Sri Lanka. She has made significant contribution to improve diabetes health outcomes for people from BAME background through service development, patient education and professional education. Sonia is committed to provide the highest quality of safe patient care and empower people with diabetes to achieve self-management.
Sonia is a Queen's Nurse and is currently the chair of the RCN Diabetes forum.
Samantha Kelly (nee Rosindale)
Diabetes Nurse Consultant for Merton & Wandsworth, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Sam currently leads the mobilisation and implementation of Tier 3 (intermediate) Diabetes specialist community services for the London Boroughs of Merton & Wandsworth. The services have a multi-disciplinary team (Consultant, Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSN), Dietitians & Podiatrists) who manage patients with Type 1 and 2 diabetes. Her service also provides face to face & virtual clinics within GP surgeries to enable upskilling and partnership working in Tiers 1 & 2 (primary care) for GP’s, Practice Nurses and Community Nurses. Structured group education is also delivered (DESMOND & DAFNE) in a variety of settings.
With experience in ward management, Care of the Older Person and General Medicine, Sam has worked in the NHS since 1985. She has specialised in diabetes since 1996.
Sam has obtained a Masters Degree in Diabetes, is an Independent Nurse Prescriber and a Queen’s Nurse.
Senior Lecturer - Adult Nursing
MSc (Clin Res), PG Cert. (Ed), FHEA, Adv. Dip (Nurs), RN, BSc (Hons)
Following an initial grounding in biological sciences, Charlotte has been a registered nurse since 2003, working clinically across intensive care settings and then moving to focus on the management and delivery of clinical trials within the NHS. Charlotte has experience of working collaboratively across the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries both nationally and internationally in the
development of novel therapeutics for people living with Diabetes. Working with the North East and Cumbria Diabetes Research Network and at the UKCRF Clinical Research Facility, Newcastle afforded the opportunity to contribute to the UK Islet Cell transplant programme, longitudinal Diabetes risk studies and also the development of immunotherapies for people with Diabetes.
Currently in post as a senior lecturer in Adult Nursing at Northumbria University leading and providing high quality education and support to pre and post registration nursing students across a broad range of subject areas. Charlotte has also developed and leads the accredited prevention and management of Diabetes continuing professional development module, for post registration nurses at
Northumbria University and acts within the department as a Diabetes educator, linking with a variety of pre and post registration nursing programmes.
Charlotte actively researches and publishes within the Diabetes field and was awarded a Master of Clinical Research by the University of Newcastle in 2011. Her qualitative research project explored risk, knowledge and educational approaches in the non-diabetic offspring of people with type II diabetes. Charlotte is now working at doctoral level to investigate the biopsychosocial impact of wearable technologies for people living with type 1 diabetes. Charlotte maintains close links with clinical practice and is responsive to educational needs, believing passionately that all nurses should have
access to flexible, high quality educational resources for Diabetes education to enhance professional knowledge, deliver the highest standards of care and ensure patient safety."
Diabetes Service Manager and Clinical Lead, Midlands Partnership NHS Trust
Sarah currently leads the community service both operationally and clinically across Staffordshire The service provides multi-disciplinary clinics (Consultant, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Dietitians, IAPT),for patients with Type 1(including pump, CGMS and Libre) and 2 diabetes. Her service also provides face to face & virtual clinics within GP surgeries to enable upskilling and partnership working for GP’s, Practice Nurses and Community Nurses. It also delivers structured education programme DESMOND and BERTIE.
Following an interest in diabetes as a Practice Nurse, Sarah became a diabetes nurse 17 years ago, working within the private sector as well as primary and secondary care. She has been in employment with MPFT since 2008 and in her current post since 2013. As well as managing the service and staff Sarah supports pump clinics, and has a special interest in Type 1 Diabetes and the increasing use of Technology and is passionate about delivering professional education.
Sarah qualified as an RGN (Adult DipHE) in 1997, attained a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies in 2005, Independent / Supplementary nurse prescribing qualification in 2009 and completed her MSc in Health Science with a diabetes focus in 2019. She is an Executive Board Member for the NHS Diabetes Programme and a member of the Midlands Diabetes Interest Group.
Lead inpatient diabetes nurse at the University Hospital Southampton
Paula Johnston leads a team of 4 inpatient DSN's, working in a multidisciplinary team alongside Consultants, SPR's, Pharmacist, podiatrists and Dietitians.
She has been working as a DSN for 9 years and was the project manager for the self-administration of insulin project. Paula is also the genetic diabetes nurse for the Wessex region and has been undertaking this role for the past 3 years.
Paula is an independent prescriber and is currently working towards her MSc in Diabetes through Leicester University.
Prior to her role in diabetes, Paula was a ward sister on an adult admissions unit as well as having a role as a clinical practice educator, during which she obtained her post graduate certificate in education (PGCE).
Diabetes Specialist Nurse
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
Fiona has worked as a DSN in primary care, the community and secondary care for over 15 years. She currently delivers care to inpatients and outpatients. She specialises in Type 1 diabetes including insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring and supporting young adults as they move into adult services. She is also a visiting lecturer at a local university teaching post-graduate nurses.
Fiona has a special interest in education because knowledge and skills are foundational to empower people with diabetes to manage their condition successfully and to empower healthcare professionals to deliver high quality care. Not all HCPs can be diabetes specialists but all must deliver increasingly complex diabetes care. She believes that it is essential that non-specialist nurses, associates and healthcare assistants have easy access to effective education to enable them to practice safely and competently.
Fiona’s MSc was funded by RCN Foundation bursaries which motivated her to continue her involvement with the RCN. As a member of the diabetes forum steering committee Fiona wants to support nursing professionals.
Agnieszka Graja MSc
Diabetes Nurse Consultant
Works as a primary care Diabetes Nurse Consultant and Regional Genetic Diabetes Nurse in Poole, Dorset. Agnes has started her DSN carrier in 2006 and soon after she joined GDN network. She has become NMP in 2009 and gained her PGCert in genetic counselling. She has completed the DUK Clinical Champion programme in 2017-2019. She has recently joined the ArT1st team: Celebrating Talents of T1 Diabetes Community During COVID-19 Pandemic which received Spirit of the time QiC award 2020.
She is currently studying towards her Painting Degree at Open Collage of the Arts and has join RCN Diabetes Forum Steering Group Committee this year for 2 years.
Professional Lead: Helen Donovan
Helen Donovan RCN Professional Lead for Public health, supports the RCN public health and diabetes forums, she has a wide sphere of influence; supporting members, promoting professional networks and sharing good practice.
The professional lead role is across the UK and involves providing evidence for policy makers, commissioners and providers, influencing policy development.
Helen’s work particularly involves supporting nurses working in a variety of specialist public health roles but also the wider nursing workforce to embrace their public health contribution. She also maintains a senior lecturer position at the University of Hertfordshire and lectures independently on vaccination and public health. She also has a role with North London STP and Barnet CCG in supporting nursing workforce.
Page last updated - 23/02/2021