About us

TREND Diabetes is an award-winning working group of diabetes nurses with a wide range of different skills and backgrounds, set up in 2009 in response to a request by the then national clinical director for diabetes, for a collective voice that represented all diabetes nursing groups. 

The original founding co-chairs of TREND Diabetes are experienced Nurse Consultants, working in a variety of settings and closely involved with most of the organisations representing nurses and other healthcare professionals working in diabetes. These include the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Diabetes UK, Diabetes Inpatient Nurse Group (DISN), Joint British Diabetes Societies (JBDS-IP) and Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS).

TREND Diabetes has a core committee of two co-chairs who share a wealth of experience encompassing primary, intermediate and secondary care working. TREND Diabetes is supported by two associates with expertise in practice nursing and specialist in-patient diabetes nursing and a group of advisors representing in-patient nursing, district nursing and diabetes nursing within England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The committee includes nursing representatives from a variety of working backgrounds to truly be a voice to represent all nurses working in diabetes care.

TREND Diabetes recognises the importance of excellent physical care but also the importance of excellent psychological care so we have a Psychologist advisor as part of our committee.

TREND Diabetes Bursary

The bursary is awarded twice a year: at the end of January and the end of July. To ensure we can support a number of applicants, the maximum amount given to any individual will be £250. To apply for our bursary log in and complete the form.

Meet our team

TREND Diabetes has a core committee of two co-chairs. They are supported by associates and advisors representing practice nursing, community diabetes services and pregnancy, in-patient nursing, district nursing and diabetes nursing.

Debbie Hicks

TREND Co-Chair, Nurse Consultant – Diabetes

June James

TREND Co-Chair, Independent Nurse Consultant – Diabetes

Erica Richardson

TREND Associate, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Debbie Voigt

TREND Advisor, Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Liz Houghton

TREND Advisor, Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Lisa King

Lecturer in Nursing Ulster University

Sam Calder

TREND Advisor, Specialist Practice Nurse

Julie Roberts

TREND Advisor, Nurse Consultant