A step into familiar territory – introducing the institute’s liaison with Diabetes UK

A step into familiar territory

Jackie Strang

 

This is my 2nd month of acting as the institute’s liaison with Diabetes UK and I’m really delighted and honoured to be given such a prestigious role at an interesting time for our profession.

For those who don’t know me yet, I have been a member of the institute since 1989. Prior to starting a family, I was a fairly active member of the institute having been the Scottish Area Council Delegate for the Executive Committee and have also sat on both the Boards of Ethics and Education.

I live in Edinburgh with my husband, Gordon, and two sons Cullen and Mack. I trained in chiropody at Scholl in Islington, before progressing through education including an HND in Human Biology, Licentiate Certificate From IOCP and culminating in a Diploma in Chiropodial Medicine at Aston University before entering private practice where I have been full time for the past 25 years.

For those that do remember me, then I look forward to catching up with you again at the institute conference in May.

Regardless if you know me or not, you may ask why should I take on the role as institute’s representative to Diabetes UK? Well, given the unfortunate trend of this terrible disease, I’m sure I’m not the only one that has noticed its increasing prevalence in our surgeries. The trend is alarming not only due to the rise in numbers but also the changing demographic that we have witnessed especially within the younger age groups. I personally view that education and awareness from charities and institutes such as Diabetes UK will be invaluable in providing the best possible care for our patients. Recently, there doesn’t appear to be a day goes past without the news containing some item on the state of the health service or the financial strain bring placed on NHS Trusts during these years of austerity. With £1bn a year being spent by the NHS on foot care and around 20 leg or foot amputations per day as a result of diabetes, Diabetes UK believe that Podiatrists are the key to the prevention of ulcers and minimising the subsequent consequences. They estimate that through better prevention, there could be a potential saving of £250m pa for the public purse. To do this through traditional methods would require an additional 7,000 practitioners in public, community and private medical. It is with this background that the liaison role and others like it, are key to combating the trend through a well-informed network and general awareness of the early signs of both the disease itself and symptoms that could lead to more drastic outcomes.

I invite you to contact me with your own questions, thoughts and experience though the institute Facebook and Twitter pages. I’m looking for suggestions and creative ways to share knowledge and communicate with you as well as provide education for sufferers themselves.