Dr Muna Mohamed - Specialty Doctor - NHS Dumfries & Galloway
SAS Project supported: 8 week insulin pump secondment in Harrogate
I joined Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary in 2010, with the aim of developing specialist skills in diabetes and endocrinology while maintaining my general medical skills. My current duties involve inpatient and outpatient care as well as acute medicine duties, providing diabetes care both in hospital and at the Diabetes Centre. I am also involved in teaching and supervising students from the University of Highlands and Islands during their training in the Diabetes Centre in Dumfries.
As I had already completed an Insulin Pump course in early 2012, and had later commenced a Diploma in Diabetes, I recognised the opportunity to increase my own knowledge, skills and experience in insulin pump therapy. Our team needed to expand existing service provision in line with CEL 4 guidelines, which requires the availability of insulin pump therapy to be rolled out across Scotland. Clinicians working in Diabetes need to acquire additional skills in managing patient care to provide a sustainable, safe and efficient service.
In June 2013, supported by the SAS Development Project, I attended Harrogate District Hospital for a period of 8 weeks to undertake a supervised Insulin Pump secondment. I received practical experiential training, working closely with patients, and acquired new skills in troubleshooting and managing complications associated with this type of therapy.
As a result of this eight week secondment, I am now able to:
- deliver specific pump clinics
- contribute to redesigning the existing pump service
- cascade pump training to other clinicians
- undertake new leadership tasks and duties
- take on additional clinics
All of the above activities are helping to improve patient care and reduce waiting lists.
If you would like to know more about the SAS Development Project, please refer to the webpage