Genetic Diabetes Nurses: An educational model for the integration of genetics into diabetes care
The team at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital led by Profs. Andrew Hattersley, Maggie Shepherd and Sian Ellard have received funding from DH, Health Education England and the Scottish Executive to increase the integration of molecular genetics in diabetes care through a national network of Genetic Diabetes Nurses (GDNs). This project involves experienced diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs), trained in monogenic diabetes and genetic testing. Each GDN is based in a different location in the UK. Within their region they increase knowledge of monogenic diabetes and genetic testing amongst health care professionals through presentations at local / regional meetings. The GDNs assist in identifying families likely to have monogenic diabetes, advise on appropriate genetic testing, discuss the implications for individuals and guide follow up for family members if a positive genetic test result is received. The GDNs improve awareness, understanding and recognition of monogenic forms of diabetes, leading to an increase in the number of patients accurately diagnosed and treated.
Any diabetes teams wanting an update on monogenic diabetes or to discuss possible cases can contact their local GDN direct. Click on the red pins below to find details of the GDN in your region: