Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN)
Specialist Nurse Service - Bristol
This service is only available to patients registered with a GP in the Bristol area.
The Bristol Community Health Diabetes Specialist Nurses support GP practices across Bristol by improving health professionals’ knowledge of diabetes through training and advice. They also provide study days, conferences and network meetings throughout the year for local healthcare professionals.
In addition to the education of healthcare professionals, the Diabetes Specialist Nurses carry a small caseload of local people with diabetes and complex issues, who have been referred by their GP and who require short term intensive support and education from the team.
Referral Guidance - Bristol
Refer to the Diabetes Specialist Nurse Service Referral Criteria for further information.
Referral forms and further information on Diabetes services in the Bristol area can also be accessed by visiting the Bristol Community Health - Diabetes and Nutrition Service website.
Specialist Nurse - South Gloucestershire
The service is for adults (aged 18 years or over) with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes who need the clinical expertise of a Diabetes Specialist Nurse. Anyone who is registered with a GP in the South Gloucestershire area can be referred to the service.
We provide service users with a comprehensive, specialist assessment of their diabetes, including any necessary treatment changes. Individual management plans and diabetes targets are developed to help people to get better control of their diabetes and to reduce their risks of developing diabetes complications which can affect their quality of life.
Examples of the types of referral to the service are:
to initiate insulin or other injectable therapies
insulin management skills – for people who need to learn how to adjust their own insulin safely and correctly
treatment changes – for people who need a diabetes medication review in order to improve their blood glucose levels
hypoglycaemia management – for people who are having problems with low blood glucose levels (hypoglycaemia) and need help to prevent/treat correctly
The service also offers sessions to people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes so they can learn how to manage their condition (this is also known as structured education and is usually delivered to small groups).
Referral Guidance - South Gloucestershire
This service is available in a number of community venues across South Gloucestershire. Contact the service at:
Leap Valley Surgery Downend, Bristol, BS16 6UG
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Specialist Nurse Service - North Somerset
We provide support, education and specialist advice for adults (over 16 years old) with complex diabetes needs, and their carers. This can be delivered in a group setting or on a one to one basis. Topics include:
Type 2 diabetes management
Managing diabetes during potentially difficult times such as illness and travelling
Caring for people with special needs and diabetes
Living with diabetes.
Referral guidance - North Somerset
Who is this service for?
Adults over the age of 16 years who are having complex problems with their diabetes and require specialist nurse input. A nurse will assess the issues and develop a care plan.
If you need to refer a patient to the Adults with Diabetes service, please refer via NSCP Managed referrals in EMIS
Diabetes Specialist Nurse Office Locking Castle Medical Centre Highlands Lane Locking Castle Weston Super Mare North Somerset BS24 7DX
Tel: 01934 527114
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm