Deirdre gained an interest in Diabetes whilst working as a Nurse Practitioner in a large teaching practice .She joined the DICT in 2007 and has completed the Primary Care Course in Diabetes at KCH and in 2012 completed a MSC in Primary Care. She explored ways to increase the update of patients attending the Structured Education programmes in the borough for her dissertation. This work has continued after being successful in obtaining an RCN Bursary to provide education to minority groups. Deirdre is also a non medical prescriber and is the lead DNS for Gracefield Gardens and at the West Norwood site. She works closely with the general practices and Community Nurses in the South East locality of the borough.