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Healthcare Professional Volunteering

Written by Ali Chakera on 14 April 2014. Modified on 14 April 2014. Hits: 3845

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Volunteering at a children's or young person Diabetes UK camps is one of the most rewarding things you can do as a SpR in Diabetes and Endocrinology. These events offer an invaluable, all expenses paid opportunity to gain experience of diabetes outside a clinical setting.

You can find out more information at  www.diabetes.org.uk/How_we_help/Care-events/Healthcare-professional-volunteering/

Greater insight into understanding of diabetes
Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, you can meet key requirements in your professional development and gain greater insight into the issues facing children, young people and families with diabetes in their day-to-day lives.

"At every event I learn something new. I think that this would be the case for all healthcare professionals, however experienced in the field of diabetes. Working in a clinical setting is a different kettle of fish to a Diabetes UK Care Event and volunteering can really open your eyes to some unexpected issues."
One of the most unique aspects of volunteering on a Care Event is managing a child’s diabetes on a day-to-day basis. You will see first hand how exercise affects blood glucose levels or how difficult it can be to treat night-time hypoglycaemia.

Many of our volunteers tell us that this insight helps them relate to the problems faced by patients and their parents and greatly improves their understanding of diabetes management in a way which complements their clinical skills.

You can download a programme of events and more information from the Diabetes UK website.

For more information go to www.diabetes.org.uk/How_we_help/Care-events/Healthcare-professional-volunteering/

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