Chris Gumble, Diabetes Programme Officer
“I started my career in the NHS at a GP surgery in 2008. I then moved into a community diabetes specialist nursing team and my love of diabetes work was ignited. I coordinated diabetes self-management training for Wandsworth residents, and within that role, I progressed onto delivering the training as a lay educator. I loved it!
“Diabetes patient training is all about empowering patients to learn how to self-manage their condition. The programme gives them the tools for the future to help them to take control of their life.
“Now, as Diabetes Programme Officer, I’m working with my team on several innovative projects. One project is recruiting internal clinical staff from various areas and upskilling them to become diabetes inpatient specialist nurses. The nurses are given the opportunity to train directly on wards whilst being mentored by the senior team, as well as being part of a south west London peer support network.
“The best aspects of my job are the encouragement I get from my team, the problem solving I do daily, connecting with diabetes stakeholders and being enabled to share innovative ideas. All this moves diabetes forward in south west London.
“Originally I started in the NHS as a Band 4 and am now a Band 6. I feel the NHS is good at recognising potential and believe that my manager likes me giving ideas and taking initiative. I feel valued and continually supported.
“My team is the closest-knit team I’ve worked with in my career. We have vast experience in diabetes, and most critically, we all care deeply for what we are trying to achieve. Everyone is willing to help and work towards the same goal, everyone wants to improve diabetes care for our population.”