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Meet the Team

Grace Vanterpool

Forum Chair
Diabetes Nurse Consultant, 
London Northwest Healthcare NHS 

Grace has been nursing across primary and secondary care for the last 30 years. She currently works as a nurse consultant and lecturer although she previously worked as a diabetes specialist nurse. She is currently the only African Caribbean diabetes nurse consultant in the UK.

Grace sits on the Professional Executive Committee in the Hammersmith and Fulham PCT, She represents nursing and diabetes as well as the Black and Minority Ethnic Group Forum, ensuring that policies and issues around diversity are addressed.

She has received several awards for her services to diabetes nursing and to ethnic minorities, including Nursing Standard Community Nurse of the Year (2005) and an MBE in 2006.

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Jackie Webb

Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Jackie has worked in her current role since 2003. Heart of England is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country and we are fortunate to have a dedicated Diabetes and Endocrinology Centre where there is a world renowned and respected Diabetes Team.

As a Manager she has a broad remit that encompasses a strategic role, responsibility for service provision on three hospital sites and managing a Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) team of 14 DSN’s, four part-time Diabetes specialist midwives, an Asian Link worker, three administrative staff, an Outpatient clinic facility and staff and two Endocrine Clinical nurse specialists.

As well as managing service and staff Jackie support clinics, has her own patient caseload and has a special interest in Preconception care and pre pregnancy planning.

Jackie initially qualified as an Enrolled Nurse in 1979, converted to RGN in 1990, attained a BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion in 2005 and her post graduate master’s level nurse prescribing qualification in 2012.

Jackie views the forum and its members as an ideal opportunity to influence and shape diabetes care and services and to support, develop and champion the role of the DSN.

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Samantha Kelly (previously Rosindale)

Diabetes Service Lead (Merton) for Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

The service is commissioned by Merton CCG and Sam is leading on its Tier 3 (intermediate) service implementation. The service is providing  multi-disciplinary team clinics for patients with Type 1 and 2 diabetes and delivering structured group education (DESMOND & DAFNE) in a variety of settings across Merton. Her service also provide and virtual and ‘spoke’ clinics within GP surgeries to enable upskilling and partnership working in Tiers 1 & 2 (primary care).

Previously Sam was The Diabetes Champion for Torbay in South Devon. The purpose of the role was to develop and provide a comprehensive community diabetes support service to patients, carers, GP’s, practice nurses and community nurses while promoting integrated service development between primary and secondary care. The service expanded in 2012 to  support to GP practices and community nurses with a multidisciplinary team (MDT)approach, audit and a virtual clinical process. 

With experience in ward management, care of older people and general medicine, Sam became a diabetes specialist nurse in 1996. She went on to manage and develop a team of diabetes specialist nurses at Torbay Hospital before obtaining her Masters Degree in Diabetes and Independent Nurse Prescriber qualifications. 

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Jo Reed

Renal Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hammersmith Hospital

Following a varied career in primary and secondary care and the charity sector, Jo became a diabetes nurse 15 years ago. For the last five years Jo has worked solely within the renal directorate of the trust, a role she finds both challenging and rewarding. She also lectures regularly and her local university on diabetes-related subjects for post-registration students.

Jo recognises that not all nurses will have a passion for diabetes and want to devote their career to it, but she believes that all health care professionals should to be competent in understanding diabetes. This would ensure that all patients with diabetes are cared for in a proficient and confident way, leading to a positive patient experience.

Jo believes that it would be a real achievement for diabetes nursing and the profession in general if there was a specific diabetes career pathway for nurses who want to pursue it.

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Ledwina K Mutandwa

Community Diabetes Nurse, Buckinghamshire NHS Trust

Ledwina has worked in her current role since 2007. Before that she was a district nurse and had also worked in an older people’s ward. She undertook her nurse training in Harare Hosptial, Zimbabwe before moving to London in 1992. She is an independent nurse prescriber and a Queen's Nurse.

Ledwina initiated a project at her trust on safe fasting during Ramadan. The project was well-received and was awarded first place at the staff awards ceremony.

She sees the forum as central to the communication, support and development of all of its members to improve care provided to people living with diabetes. She is able to offer knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm in order to improve care and commitment.

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Sonia Wijesundera

Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Kensington and Chelsea Diabetes Team

Biography coming soon.


Professional Lead: Amanda Cheesley

Page last updated - 05/03/2019