The Napp Diabetes Academy offers training and support that enables healthcare professionals to develop their knowledge and improve services for patients with long-term conditions. Further information about our current courses is provided below.

i2i Best Practice Pharmacist – Exclusive Diabetes Partners


The i2i Network programme is bespoke for GP Practice Pharmacists and has been developed with the input of a faculty of professionals including pharmacists from primary and secondary care and GPs with a special interest (GPwSIs) in diabetes. i2i stands for ‘insight to implementation’ and the network supports GP practice and clinical pharmacists to become expert clinicians and change agents in the management of long term conditions, including diabetes, and to meet unmet need.

The programme is educational, and comprises workshops and resources, underpinned by a web-based platform, and is supported and funded by Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited, and available free of charge to pharmacists.

There are two levels:

1) Core type 2 diabetes programme designed for those that are beginning to take on the management of type 2 diabetes either as a specialism or as part of their holistic management. By attending this workshop, GP clinical pharmacists will feel confident and competent to manage patients at first and second intensification of treatments.

2) Enhanced type 2 diabetes programme designed for those that have been managing patients with type 2 diabetes already and are seeking to deepen their understanding, review more complex patients with common co-morbidities and hone their decision-making ability.

Sign up, registration and all workshops are managed by the i2i Network. Napp will only contact you after the workshop if you explicitly choose to provide your contact information.

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At the 4-front Leadership in Diabetes, Nursing Academy


At the 4-front was formed in 2010 by a group of leading diabetes nurses who had identified a gap in the provision of education for diabetes specialist nurse (DSNs) leaders in the UK.

The aim for the At the 4-front faculty is to continually evolve to provide nurse leaders working in diabetes with the opportunity for high quality meetings aimed at improving their training and education, and to act as a support network for the next generation of DSN leaders. Places are limited to ensure that each member receives tailored, personal support. Successful applicants will be DSNs who aspire to be nurse leaders of the future and who can demonstrate how they have or hope to influence diabetes care delivery.

Nurse Consultant, London

Helen Rogers is a Nurse Consultant in diabetes who has worked in this role for 10 years at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust London (KCH). Prior to this, she was a Diabetes Specialist Nurse for 15 years – both at KCH and in Palmerston North New Zealand. Whilst at KCH, she completed an MSc degree at King’s College London, including a dissertation on patient perspectives of impaired hypoglycaemia awareness. She is an active researcher and is currently undertaking research in the following areas – HARP (Hypoglycaemia Awareness Restoration Programme), DOT (Diabetes Online Therapy), and DAFNEplus (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating – including psychology and technology to enhance self-management). She has also been part of the CONCEPTT research (Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Women with Type 1 Diabetes in Pregnancy Trial).

Helen was one of the key team members involved with initiating the KCH CSII service which has since grown exponentially year on year. There are now over 700 people using CSII and over 100 people using continuous glucose monitoring.

Helen has been actively involved in DAFNE (Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating) since its inception, being part of the original fact-finding delegation from the UK to visit Dusseldorf in 1998, and has previously been a member of both the Educator’s committee and Executive committee. She developed the DAFNE ‘Hub & Spoke’ project at KCH; assisting 3 District General Hospitals in the outer London area to provide a DAFNE service. Her other areas of interest are pregnancy and diabetes, and new innovations in diabetes therapy.

Nurse Consultant, Liverpool

Julie Brake started working as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse in 1994, with a specific focus on education, and involving people with diabetes more in their care. In 2002, Julie moved to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where she now leads a large inpatient and outpatient diabetes specialist nursing team. Julie’s specialty clinics include diabetic nephropathy and CSII. Julie was the Chair of the local research ethics committee for over 5 years and has a strong interest in research and audit.

Nurse Consultant, Bradford

Nurse Consultant and Diabetes BSc/MSc Pathway Lead, Bradford University. Margaret has 30 years’ experience in diabetes care including 13 years as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse and 15 as Nurse Consultant in Bradford. She was a member of the RCN diabetes forum 2004–2012 and Chair 2006–2010, Chair of the National Nurse Consultant Group 2008–2010 and nurse representative in the 2008 NICE Type 2 diabetes guideline consensus group.

As the nurse consultant in Bradford and Airedale from 2002-2017 she clinically led the community diabetes team that supports the intermediate care service across the district. She was clinically based in the community but worked across all levels of the service. Her particular areas of clinical interest are patient-focused care delivery and education, particularly of other healthcare professionals. Her lecturing commitments at the university include leading the BSc and MSc diabetes pathways including delivery of diabetes specific modules and structured diabetes related input into pre-registration nurse training. Multidisciplinary working and the delivery of integrated diabetes care remains the primary focus for her work. Her clinical focus was predominately with patients with type 2 diabetes experiencing problems with treatment regimes, resistance to therapy change or adherence challenges. Since retiring from her full time NHS clinical role in 2017 she has been working with diabetes teams across Yorkshire providing clinical leadership and support for a variety of projects aimed at improving access to care for people living with diabetes plus education and development of healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care delivery.

Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Manchester

Nicola qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 and as a Midwife in 1991, moving into primary care in 2002, where she worked as a Practice Nurse for sixteen years until April 2018. As a practice nurse, Nicola alongside retaining a generalist role, had a special interest in diabetes, with a key focus on ensuring effective, accessible care.

Nicola is now employed by Manchester University Foundation Trust as a Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse working within primary care to give support and education to all healthcare professionals in the delivery of optimal diabetes care to those adults living with type 2 diabetes. Nicola has also recently been appointed as a diabetes advisor to Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.

Valuing engagement and the sharing of good practice, Nicola has presented poster abstracts at PCDS, Diabetes UK and EASD Conferences. She has become increasingly involved in educational activities supporting community nurses and has published articles on her work in chronic kidney disease and diabetes and on projects involved in diabetes prevention, pregnancy and hypoglycaemia awareness. Nicola was previously the Chair of the Diabetes UK professional conference organising committee and a committee member of the Primary Care Diabetes Society.

Nicola is committed to the value of all primary care healthcare professionals as first point of contact and believes the development of all roles, in partnership with the multidisciplinary team, is crucial in supporting prevention, education and optimal management of diabetes.

Senior Diabetes Nurse, South Wales

Sian Bodman trained in Plymouth, Devon and qualified in 1984. Upon returning to Wales, Sian worked in care of elderly, acute medicine and district nursing before specialising in diabetes in 1995 in Caerphilly. In 2005 she moved to Torfaen LHB to take up position as Lead Nurse Diabetes, providing an intermediate specialist diabetes service in conjunction with a GP with a specialist interest in general practices within the Torfaen locality.

Sian was a co-author of a successful bid for £1.5 million to set up a community-based, multidisciplinary British Heart Foundation funded weight management project. This paved the way for the current adult weight management service in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. She is currently undertaking the MSc in weight management in Chester University and has recently taken on the Senior Nurse role for diabetes and is responsible for the diabetes specialist nurse service across a new service model of integrated care which is being instigated within the health board.

How effective is the ‘At the 4-Front Academy’ in developing future nurse leaders?

How effective is the ‘At the 4-Front Academy’ in developing future nurse leaders?

The effectiveness and clinical relevance of the ‘At the 4-Front’ educational meeting for leaders in diabetes nursing was evaluated. Read on to see the outcomes of this survey based analysis.

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How effective is the ‘At the 4-Front’ conference in educating nurse leaders?

How effective is the ‘At the 4-Front’ conference in educating nurse leaders?

The effectiveness of the ‘At the 4-Front Academy’, a UK-based leadership training programme for future leaders in diabetes nursing was evaluated. Read on to see the outcomes of this survey based analysis.

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Date of preparation: December 2020