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Calibre Diabetes Service

About us

Calibre Diabetes Service (CDS) is an innovative project which has been running successfully in Leeds for 2 years. The service is run by primary care, for primary care. It was developed specifically for general practice and it has upskilled primary diabetes clinicians (Nurses, GPs and HCAs) who have gained confidence and competence in managing their diabetes patients. Our achievements have been recognised by Leeds CCG which is funding a city-wide roll out of the IDOL (Improving Diabetes Outcomes in Leeds) education modules and in-house workshops until the end of March 2020.

To book onto any course please click through to our Eventbrite bookings page:

About the team

Helen Gibson (MSc Diabetes Care, RGN, NMP)
Rebecca Owen (BSc (Hons) Diabetes Nursing, Registered Nurse (Adult), NMP

Helen and Rebecca are highly regarded Diabetes Specialist Nurses. They have worked extensively in both primary and secondary care, delivering nurse-led specialist services including insulin pump therapy and renal disease, and high risk diabetes clinics.

They have worked across England in a consultancy capacity, scoping existing services and advising on and integrating new models of diabetes care.

Both are experts in healthcare professional education. They have lectured nationally and internationally and at academic institutions. They are passionate about supporting primary care diabetes teams, working with them to identify training needs and developing and delivering bespoke education and mentorship programmes in response. 

They are currently working with Leeds CCG on the development and implementation of the Calibre Diabetes Service. In addition they deliver high risk diabetes clinics in primary care. Rebecca is also an educator at the Primary Care Training Centre in Bradford.


Camilla Hawkes - Service Manager

Camilla is Practice Manager for St Martin's Practice and her interest in enabling better diabetes education for primary care clinicians began back in 2015 when she was struggling to recruit clinicians with adequate skills in managing diabetes. The Chapeltown Diabetes Service was born, funded by Leeds North CCG. The service developed into its current format in 2017, and is now funded by Leeds CCG. Camilla has always been closely involved, and together with Helen & Rebecca who both work every week in General Practice, keeps the service and the education it provides, firmly ground in the everyday clinical experience of GPs, Practice Nurses, and Advanced Nurse Practitioners.

Mags Bannister- Clinical lead - to follow

About the courses

Type 2 diabetes update for General Practice

A full-day programme focusing on type 2 diabetes management. Suitable for clinicians looking for a refresher & those requiring foundation level education

  • Designed specifically to meet the needs of primary care clinicians, this interactive programme provides an update on:
  • Screening & diagnosis
  • Complications & risk reduction
  • Treatments, targets & guidelines
  • Practical advice for patients on lifestyle, hypoglycaemia, illness management, DVLA guidance
  • Local referral pathways
  • Recall, register & templates
  • Case studies

The Role of the Healthcare Assistant in Diabetes Care

A full-day education programme suitable for HCAs already involved in diabetes clinics and for those new to diabetes care

Designed specifically to meet the needs of the HCA in general practice, this interactive programme includes:

  • An overview of diabetes
  • Diabetes management (lifestyle, oral and injectable medications)
  • Complications and risk reduction (the 9-care processes and information gathering)
  • Foot risk assessments
  • Promoting self-care
  • Illness and other clinical concerns
  • An opportunity to ask questions in a safe and supportive environment

In addition, the training provides an ideal environment for you to meet, network and access peer support from your colleagues in other practices


Insulin Management for type 2 diabetes in General Practice

A full-day programme suitable for all GPs and Practice Nurses delivering diabetes clinics, particularly those new to insulin management

Designed specifically to provide an overview of insulin therapies used in adults with type 2 diabetes. This module aims to equip clinicians with the knowledge & skills required to confidently manage patients already established on insulin, covering:

  • Insulin classes & regimens
  • Benefits & challenges of insulin therapy
  • Hands-on practice with insulin devices
  • Reviewing patients on insulin therapy in primary care
  • Troubleshooting
  • Dose adjustment practice & case studies
  • Local guidance & protocols

To book onto any course please click through to our Eventbrite bookings page

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