Diabetes Genes

Genetic Diabetes Nurses

The Genetic Diabetes Nurse (GDN) project provides support for healthcare professionals and patients across the UK by improving awareness of monogenic diabetes and increasing the integration of molecular genetic testing into diabetes care.

The Genetic Diabetes Nurses are experienced diabetes specialist nurses, trained in monogenic diabetes, based across the UK. They improve awareness, understanding and recognition of monogenic forms of diabetes amongst health care professionals through presentations and case discussions leading to an increase in the number of patients accurately diagnosed and treated. The GDNs assist in identifying families likely to have monogenic diabetes, advise regarding genetic testing, discuss the implications of a positive genetic diagnosis and possible treatment change with patients and arrange follow up of family members.

Any diabetes teams who would like an update from the Genetics Diabetes Nurse in their region, or would like to discuss any possible cases of monogenic diabetes, can contact their local GDN directly.

We are looking for experienced Diabetes Specialist Nurses to work as Genetic Diabetes Nurses in areas of the UK not currently covered.  If you are interested and would like more details, please contact Maggie Shepherd – Email:  m.shepherd1@nhs.net or Tel: +44 (0) 1392 408261.

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Shepherd M, Colclough K, Ellard S, Hattersley AT. Ten years of the national Genetic Diabetes Nurse network: a model for the translation of genetic information into clinical care. Clinical Medicine 2014. 14(2):117-21