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Kirsty is a diabetes specialist nurse and health psychologist and has recently been appointed Reader in Diabetes and Primary Care at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery. Previously she has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, where she was awarded a PhD in 2007 for her work on a biopsychosocial model to explain adverse outcome in people with diabetes and foot ulcers. She recently completed a NIHR post-doctoral fellowship to determine factors associated with poor uptake of structured education for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. She was awarded her 2nd fellowship, a NIHR/ICA Senior Clinical Lectureship, in 2016 and the aim of this is to deliver a programme of research to support people with Type 2 diabetes who are new to insulin treatment. She works clinically in primary care with the Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team.

Kirsty has been involved in the running of 3 NIHR funded studies: the South London Diabetes Cohort study, a prospective cohort for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes; the Diabetes 6 study, a RCT of psychologically enhanced diabetes care delivered by practice nurses; and the MOVE-IT study, a RCT involving motivational interviewing therapy delivered by health trainers to reduce cardiovascular risk.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Master of Science, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of York

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

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