The clinical diabetes specialist in primary care provides clinical mentorship and advice to the practice team in supporting patients with diabetes.
This is in the form of supervision at nurse led clinics, telephone support or virtual consultations via video link. Assistance is given with diabetes care plans and advice around medication management.
This is a referral service only. It is not a claimable service.
This is NOT a clinical guideline.
All Pinnacle practices in the Waikato DHB region can refer to this service.
Kathy Knight, a clinical diabetes specialist, has many years experience in diabetes education and management and has worked in both the secondary and primary health care services over the years in the Waikato. She works closely with the diabetes nurses at Hauraki and National Hauora Coalition PHOs to coordinate the diabetes study days held regularly in the River Room at Pinnacle for practice nurses.
Kathy also coordinates the application and funding for the practice nurses who wish to complete the level 7 diabetes short course in diabetes management at Wintec in Hamilton. This course is provided in both semester 1 and 2, runs for a 12 week period and gives a foundation grounding in diabetes annual reviews and insulin initiation. For more information see postgraduate study options for nurses.
There is also support available for staff who are new to insulin initiation through the pharmaceutical insulin companies which include Sanofi, Novo and Lilly.
Resources about starting people on insulin and educational information are available in the resource library.
Kathy is available most days of the week apart from every second Friday.
This service is funded by Waikato DHB.
Kathy Knight, Clinical Diabetes Specialist
027 642 5846