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The many important roles of the diabetes specialist nurse are closely linked to those of consultants, and can be summarised as follows:

• treatment of individual patients, linked with advice and counselling, establishing the right techniques and motivation needed to achieve proper diabetic management and control

• care of patients in hospital wards

• education of patients and professionals (see below)

• involvement in community care

• research, audit, and setting standards.

Consultant nurses have been established recently, with the aim both of enhancing clinical care and stimulating research and service innovations as well.

Diabetic kitchen, King's College Hospital, 1935 (Diabetes UK)

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