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Born in Burton-on-Trent in 1968.
Occupation: Nurse

Overview: Barbara was one of the last generations to qualify as a nurse without a university degree. After training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, from 1988-91, she was a staff nurse on general medical wards until 1996, when she began to specialise in diabetes at the University Hospital in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Since then, she has been called variously a Diabetes Nurse Educator, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse and a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Although she feels well-qualified by experience, she would like to take a degree. Another ambition is to provide more culturally-specific care for patients who share her Caribbean background.

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Healthcare Professionals 
Here you can listen to 30 healthcare professionals - doctors, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists and one lay educator recalling memories of every aspect of their working lives. They talk about their relationships with patients and colleagues as well as changes in treatment, technology, and the health service. The earliest memory is from 1940 and the most recent from 2008.

The interviewees include some pioneers in diabetes care, but also those who had little specialist knowledge to match the wide range of care described by people with diabetes who had already been recorded for this website.

Some of the people with diabetes describe being treated by pioneers such as R.D. Lawrence, co-founder of the British Diabetic Association, but others were treated by people who were not specialists, including family doctors (GPs) who had rarely encountered diabetes. Our aim was to choose interviewees who would represent the variety of care provided over a period of nearly 70 years.

Those who had already written about their work were asked to provide a selection of up to 12 of their publications. (Click on Publications on their individual page.) However, these interviews are not primarily about scientific developments already well documented, but rather about how these developments affected or did not affect - the daily lives of healthcare professionals and their patients.

(In addition to 25 interviews that are mainly about professional experience, we have included in this section 2 interviews with people with diabetes and 3 with family members who have also been involved in diabetes care.)
 
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