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ABCD DTN-UK Educators Day 2022 - Speakers



Caroline Byrne
Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Caroline has worked in diabetes for 20 years. Her main focus is diabetes and pregnancy, Type 1 diabetes and technology.


Geraldine Gallen
Type 1 Service Lead, Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Kings College Hospital, London

Geraldine Gallen is a Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse, currently working at Kings College Hospital, London. She has been in this position for over ten years and is the lead for the Type 1 diabetes service. Geraldine’s main clinical interest is in the management and education of all patients with Type 1 diabetes including those patients experiencing problematic hypoglycaemia, and along with the team at Kings offers a full range of treatments including structured education, DAFNE and DAFNE for pumpers, technology including insulin pump therapy, sensor augmented pump therapy, automated closed loop systems, continuous glucose monitoring and flash glucose monitoring. She and her team have over 800 patients on insulin pumps and over 170 patients funded on full time continuous glucose monitoring. Geraldine has also had training in Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) and is interested in developing these skills further and supporting patients in their holistic management with their diabetes.Geraldine is excited by the developments of technology within type 1 diabetes management and can often be found talking to patients and healthcare professionals nationally and internationally educating how technology can be adapted into the patient pathway.

Sara Hartnell
Prinicipal Diabetes Dietitian
Cambridge University Hospitals

Sara is a Dietitian with over 20 years of experience working with people with diabetes. She is an insulin pump educator at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and manages a team of 20 dietitians working in the institute of Metabolic science. Sara’s main interests are in insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring and closed loop insulin delivery. She is part of Roman Hovorka’s artificial pancreas research team at the University of Cambridge and is dedicated to providing evidence for reimbursement and improving access to new technology.

Cliodhna Myles
Diabetes Educator (Registered Dietitian)
The Weston Centre for Childhood & Adolescent Diabetes, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Cliodhna started working with the team at The Weston Centre for Childhood & Adolescent Diabetes over 2 years ago and over this time has had a great deal of involvement in working with very young children and infants on closed loop systems including using diluted insulin in these systems, as a diabetes specialist Educator - Dietitian. Her main interest are working with children and their families to get the most out of their diabetes technology and in particular utilising closed loop systems for ease of everyday diabetes management and provide support on blousing for meals/feeds and snacks with these systems. Cliodhna is also involved the National Severe Insulin Resistance Service in Addenbrookes and has some experience in working with different types of MODY in very young patients.

John Pemberton
Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Dietitian
Birmingham Women's and Children's Foundation Trust

John works at the Birmingham Women's Children's Hospital as a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian, helping look after 300 children with Type 1 Diabetes, and 25 Children with Type 2 Diabetes. The bulk of his work involves empowering and educating Children and Young People and their families to self-manage diabetes. His current interests include the effective use of new technology (APS, CGM, pumps), re-establishing foundational principles (three balanced meals, regular activity and insulin timings) and how expectations drive change. He created the "CGM Academy" that teaches Dynamic Glucose Management in 2020, implemented a novel high HbA1c pathway in 2019, co-authored the ACDC CGM guidance in 2018, and implemented the KISS system for giving extra insulin for high fat and protein meals in 2017. His niche lies in developing easy to use interactive PDF tools that put the theory into practice. His most important jobs are being a top dad to Grace and Jude and trying to be a half decent husband to Dani.