Heather has worked as a Nurse Consultant at University Hospitals of Leicester for past 10
years, working collaboratively with primary care trusts to improve diabetes services across
Leicestershire. The last 28 years of her nursing career have been spent working in the
field of Diabetes. This was provisionally in Nottingham and Derby, and now in Leicester.
More recently she moved into a Nurse Consultant role in NIHR Collaborative Leadership
in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). Her role is one of leadership, vision
and strategic management and she leads a diverse team of healthcare professionals and
researchers from a variety of backgrounds. Heather’s research interests are in gaining
research funds to develop and test structured education programmes which support selfmanagement
in people with diabetes, in the prevention of diabetes in those at risk, people
with diabetes and learning disabilities and for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
She is currently working on programmes to address vascular risk such as heart disease and
stroke, sleep apnoea and mental health. This includes the training and quality developments
of healthcare professionals delivering these interventions. Heather has a national profile with
the DESMOND programme and is a national expert trainer for ‘Conversation Maps’. She has
enjoyed being instrumental in developing and establishing the nationally recognised Diabetes
Masters Programme with the University of Leicester and has a keen interest in healthcare
professional (HCP) education to improve standards of care for people with diabetes.
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