Care home staff invited to diabetes awareness workshop

Practical information: From left, nurses Lydia Barton, Jadwiga Borns, Diabetes UK Kidderminster chairman Fred Holland and Tim Hebbert prepare for the awareness study day.

Practical information: From left, nurses Lydia Barton, Jadwiga Borns, Diabetes UK Kidderminster chairman Fred Holland and Tim Hebbert prepare for the awareness study day.

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WYRE Forest care home staff are being invited to a workshop to find out more about caring for residents with diabetes.

The diabetes awareness study day has been organised by NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group and Wyre Forest Care Home Support Team (WFCHST) in conjunction with Diabetes UK and Diabetes specialist nurses.

It will take place on Friday, November 8, at Kidderminster Health Centre from 9.30am and 12.30pm.

The session will include talks from diabetes specialist nurses and GPs about different types of insulins and practical information on how to look after a resident with diabetes.

A diabetic dietician will be on hand to offer nutrition tips and advice to care home staff and workshops will be delivered on how to check blood glucose levels to certify care home staff.

Tim Hebbert, community nurse for WFCHST, said: ‘I’m really excited to be involved with the diabetes workshop as we’ve received lots of feedback from staff requesting more information on diabetes as they do not feel they have the necessary skills or knowledge to care for residents with diabetes.

“The study day will cover a range of topics including what diabetes is and how to recognise if a resident is unwell. By the end of the session staff should feel more confident and better equipped to look after a resident with diabetes.”

Fred Holland, chairman of Diabetes UK Kidderminster, became involved with the charity when his daughter, Vivienne, was diagnosed with type one diabetes in 1971.

He said: “I feel that carers have often missed out on diabetes education but sessions such as these will ensure that people receive the right care.”

To book a place call 01562 513264 or email Lydia.barton@nhs.net

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