Paul Dromgoole - Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes / DSN
Enabling best practice in diabetes management through design and delivery of high quality educational packages.
BetaPresentations.com was established in 2006 by Paul Dromgoole. Paul is widely known in the United Kingdom as an expert in the field of diabetes and offers an enthusiastic, effective, insightful and practical approach to improving diabetes care.
Paul has over 18 years’ experience in diabetes clinical management and education, in a variety of settings. He works part time as a Clinical Nurse Specialist which ensures he is up to date in current issues in clinical practice, which gives relevance and validity to his role as a Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes.
He has previously worked as a Lecturer Practitioner in Diabetes at the University of York and as an External Examiner for the University of Ulster and has gained a Master of Science Degree in Diabetes and Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.
BetaPresentations offers 3 key components to those desiring to enhance knowledge, skills and confidence in diabetes management:
- Education which has a clear practical application and is based on up-to-date, evidence-based principles.
- Communication of key messages which enhances health professional understanding, clinical practice and patient care.
- Training packages that can be tailored to the needs of the learner, subject and time-frame.
Paul seeks to enhance the knowledge and skills of health care professionals and people with diabetes in order to improve understanding and clinical and quality of life outcomes.
BetaPresentations provides an informative and ethical solution to challenges in diabetes management. Contact us (click here) to discuss inputting to your event, organising a study day, workshop or conference, or to discuss taking forward a diabetes related project.
I am a de-skilled GP as we have an excellent in-house diabetes team .
Paul’s presentation was highly motivating and also entertaining. Paul was responsive to queries from the delegates. My confidence in prescribing in diabetes has improved, especially around the more recent medications, and I have made several changes in my clinical practice as a result of attending the meeting.
Paul gave a very clear and coherent presentation on diabetes care, with particular reference to insulin use in type 2 diabetics. He was a very informative resource and more than happy to tailor the seminar to his audience's needs. The power point slides and case reviews added to the clarity of the presentation and I am now inspired to further my knowledge of diabetes care with a view to commencing insulin transfers myself.
I attended your diabetes study morning in Keele on Saturday and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Diabetes has always been a bit of a mystery to me and I left feeling really very confident in the management so thank you!
I thought the presentation “Diabetes” was very informative & applicable to current nursing practice with up to date references & clear understandable charts & graphs. You explained future developments within diabetes in a clear animated way & allowed & encouraged audience participation which ensured a lively atmosphere enabling other attendees to input their experience thereby facilitating a good learning outcome. Overall view – excellent!
Pauls approach is refreshing! I came away from his Diabetes study morning much more confident in it's management. Clear, concise, up to date, and content delivered with humour and insight. He reminded us of the importance of motivating patients, 'getting them on board' which most of our consultations could benefit from. [MediConf Study Morning]
I really enjoyed the whole day. It was very relevant to general practice and I came away feeling a lot more confident in being able to discuss and deal with problems our diabetic patients may have. It covered just what I needed - a refresher in the basics of diabetic physiology, screening and so onto the rationale and basics of treatments and management but then going onto to look at the detail of specific case histories that I could easily encounter in practice.
I felt at ease at being able to ask ANY question (however basic) and liked the way the talks were interactive so that the direction and content of the talk was tailored to the audience’s needs. It was helpful to have just one speaker too so that information wasn't unnecessarily duplicated. Altogether very worthwhile use of time for me.
Very good overview of Diabetes. Plenty of opportunity to interact with the speaker who has an engaging style. Would recommend the day as a way of getting up to speed in diabetes which is becoming increasingly confusing.
Paul is an excellent speaker with a wealth of knowledge in diabetes. His presentation was engaging, interactive and highly relevant to primary care. Case studies were really helpful.
Extremely useful, interesting and greatly informative. Paul is a charismatic character who thoroughly entertains in his unique way of delivering relevant and up to date diabetes information[MediConf Study Morning]
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the Diabetes talk. Only being in the job for 3months it’s a bit topic to learn with everything else but I have to say that I learnt more from you in one day than I have before which is helping it all to fall into place slowly.
I recently attended a one day presentation on Diabetes by Paul Dromgoole – what a breath of fresh air!
Following a useful review of some basics, the continuum of Diabetes management was explored using a step by step approach, to include current advances in management and those still yet to come .All of the information given was of practical value, and directly applicable to diabetes management in the primary care setting. The presentation was tailored to the needs of the audience and was fully interactive. Questions could be asked at any point and were answered with the same detail and clarity as the presentation itself. This course succeeded where many other diabetes courses have failed, in resolving all those areas of uncertainty and confusion relating to the management of the patient with diabetes. In addition, I have [unusually] managed to recall all the information that was given which says much about the skills of the presenter himself!
Excellent presentation, well delivered and content very understandable. Up to date guidance and useful links to relevant research provided. Confirmed that my current knowledge base was relevant and up to date.
The Diabetes day provided me with clear, structured presentations at an excellent pace allowing constructive audience participation. Lectures were all highly relevant to clinical practice with appropriate examples and clinical scenarios. Newer Diabetes management/medication was clearly explained providing a basis for excellence in clinical practice and ongoing learning. Support material provided promptly after the training day gave clear relevant information complimenting the lectures.
I’ve heard Paul speak 3 times now. What stands out is his great empathy not only for patients, but also for clinicians faced with real life challenges. You leave a meeting feeling far more confident and positive with the tools to do a better job. Great Teacher. Go to a lecture, you won’t be disappointed.
Paul's talk was very relevant to everyday practice. I would definitely recommend attending his talks. He really simplified the drugs and drug regimes. The case studies were extremely useful. It made me realise the importance of getting patient's on board in treating their diabetes.[MediConf Study Morning]
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Paul Dromgoole has run educational sessions in Diabetes and Behavioural Change for many years. His sessions are consistently highly evaluated for content, evidence basis, practicality and relevance to day-to-day diabetes patient interactions. He works hard at meeting the needs of the delegates / customers assisted by good briefs from the sponsoring company. He firmly believes the main objective should be that delegates go away with key messages and strategies that can be employed in their own clinical practice.
His educational events and activities include the following:
- GP / PN Promotional and Educational Meetings
- Regional and National Diabetes Conferences and Promotional / Educational Events
- In-surgery Diabetes Updates (with the surgeries own clinical challenges and cases if required)
- Representative Training (ITC and ongoing training requirements)
- Advisory Boards (Regional and National)
Examples of Events
Note: The following Programmes are examples of some commonly requested themes, however most of my work is bespoke and programmes put together to meet the needs of GP training organisations or Pharma companies and their customers.
Oral Glucose Lowering Therapies
- Making Sense of NICE / SIGN Guidelines
- Glucose Lowering Therapies: A Logical Approach to Positioning
- What Combinations of Diabetes Medications May Help? A Practical, Evidenced-Based Guide
- Therapies and Cases: A Comprehensive, Clinically Appropriate and Practical Look at Clinical Decision Making in Diabetes
- Overcoming Barriers to Injectable Therapy: A Motivational Questioning Approach
- Update on GLP1 Therapy
- Injectable Therapy Demystified
- Principles of Insulin Adjustment and Patient Empowerment Strategies
- Hypoglycaemia Insights: Identification, Risks, Management and Prevention
Cardiovascular Risk and Risk Reduction
- Understanding Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes and Interventions that may Help
- The ‘Legacy Effect’: The Powerful Messages of Steno and other Studies and Messages for our Patients
- Cardiovascular Risk Reduction from Recent Clinical Trials: Should this change prescribing practice?
- Helping Patients Engage in Helpful Health Behaviours
- Developing ‘Resonant’ Messages of Risk and Benefit for those with Type 2 Diabetes
- Helping Diabetes Patients come ‘on-board’: Some Strategies that WILL Help
- Diabetes in Ramadan: Risk Identification with Fasting and Guidance to Keep Patients Safe.
- Dietary Messages in Diabetes – A Practical, Person Centred Approach (with Diabetes Specialist Dietitian)
- Strategies for Diagnosing and Managing Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
- Diabetic Retinopathy: Understanding Classification and Risk Management
Some examples! If you want something ‘different’ or ‘similar’ – please contact!
Paul Dromgoole - Curriculum Vitae - January 2018
Paul Dromgoole RGN, RNMH, MSc Diabetes, PGCE
Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes & Diabetes Specialist Nurse (PT)
1981 - Qualified as Registered Nurse for the Mentally Handicapped (RNMH)
1985 - Qualified as Registered General Nurse (RGN)
1985 - 1996 - Staff Nurse / Charge Nurse Posts in General Nursing
1996 - 1998 - Developmental Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) Post (fixed term contract) Brighton.
1998 - 1999 - Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) then DSN Team Leader. Leicester.
1999 - 2003 - Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN). York
2003 - 2006 - Lecturer Practitioner Diabetes. (50:50 split) York Hospital & University of York
2007 - Present* - Freelance Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes. Part-time Diabetes Specialist Nurse - NLAG NHS Trust
External Examiner (PT) for University of Ulster (from Sep 2008 - 2012)
* With 4 month Diabetes Nurse Advisor post with NSHI April to July 2008
Present job roles
- Part time (2 days a week) as a secondary care base Diabetes Specialist Nurse, involved, in clinical and research activities.
- Running own diabetes clinics for those with complex insulin regimens or significant coping and engagement issues..
- Developing a ‘new’ Diabetes Specialist Nurse team and Inpatient Specialist Nurse new to post Jan 2018
- Driving a Primary / Secondary Care interfaced, integrated care service
- Use of wide range of glucose lowering therapies, including insulin pump therapy.
- Training NHS staff and providing insight into current diabetes management principles to medical students.
- Works Nationally as a Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes and Health Behaviour Change.
- Undertakes clinical audit work, making treatment recommendations in general practice with a view to achievement of diabetes QoF targets and best management of the person with diabetes.
- Advises GP practices in an unbiased and evidenced based manner of appropriate clinical interventions for people with diabetes
- Provides non-promotional consultancy work for the pharmaceutical industry in terms of clinical update, gaining confidence in discussing broader diabetes issues with GP’s, Practice Nurses and Secondary Care teams and communicating key clinical messages.
- Provides workshops / study events for the GP training organisations: GP Forum (now finished) and MediConf throughout the UK.
- Advanced, up to date, evidence-based clinical diabetes management skills in a primary and secondary care setting.
Effective interpersonal skills that allow development and facilitation of change.
Consistently highly evaluated teaching / presentation / facilitation skills.
Significant experience in ‘off the shelf’ and ‘bespoke’ study day / event planning and evaluation to address health professional clinical management needs.
Project work in a wide range of areas (described below)
- An infective enthusiasm and commitment that strategies can be employed that improve standards of education, training and clinical practice that improve clinical and quality of life outcome for people with diabetes and make for more effective diabetes management.
Project work history
Enhanced to diabetes portfolio of the University of York by undertaking of training need analysis and development of a comprehensive and consistently highly evaluated Diabetes Study Day programme.
Developed a range of educational strategies for patients, which has included the development of a randomised control trial in type 1 diabetes education – one of only a half dozen world-wide.
In conjunction with a Diabetes Dietitian and in collaboration with a larger team, revitalised our ‘New to Type 2’Education sessions.
Developed, evaluated an Insulin Skills workshop for patients basal and biphasic insulin regimes run at York and Scunthorpe. Presented at the national Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference
Developed the York ‘Insulin in Practice’ programme that skills up GP’s and Practice Nurses interested in commencement of insulin in their type 2 diabetes population in general practice. This scheme has enabled local initiation of insulin within GP surgeries hence more timely initiation of insulin by a known health professional and negating the need for a secondary care referral. This audited and presented nationally (Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference 2004)
Initiated alongside our Specialist Diabetes Dietitian a successful insulin pump starter course. (Results presented at Diabetes UK National Profession Conference 2005)
Developed a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) ‘Blackboard’ providing E-learning support to students to augment a taught Diabetes Module at the University of York. This has provided me with the skills to set up and run distance or blended learning courses and was highly valued by the students in a formal Exit Survey.
2007 PGCert Ed (Post Graduate Certificate in Education- 60 credits at Masters Level) University of York
2004 MSc Diabetes (Roehampton, Surrey)
1997 ENB A05 - Diploma Level Course in Diabetes Care, for Diabetes Specialist Nurses
1995 ENB928 – Diabetes Care
1995 The Application of Research to Practice
1994 The Pastoral Response to Care of the Dying
1992 Certificate in Health Service Management (OU / Institute Health Service Management)
1985 Registered General Nurse (RGN)
1981 Registered Nurse Mental Handicap (RNMH)
Membership of Professional Organisations:
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Primary Care Diabetes Society
Royal College of Nursing
Committee Work (Previous)
Diabetes UK Professional Section
United Kingdom Insulin Initiation Study Group (UKIIS)
External Examiner for the University Of Ulster
Primary Care Diabetes UK (PCDUK) Regional Conference Planning Committee (until 2006)
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Accreditation Committee Expert
Publications and papers in Press
Coates, V., Dromgoole, P., Turner, E., Brown, F., Davis, R., Lowes, L., McDowell, M. and Thompson, K. (2009) Insulin Initiation in adults: evidence based or context driven? Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness1 (1) 105-112.
J. T. George, A. P. Valdovinos, I. Russell, P. Dromgoole, S. Lomax, D. J. Torgerson, T. Wells and J. C. Thow (2008) Clinical effectiveness of a brief educational intervention in Type 1 diabetes: results from the BITES (Brief Intervention in Type 1 diabetes, Education for Self-efficacy) trial. Diabetic Medicine 25, 1447–1453
Thow JC, Pena A, Wells T, Dromgoole P, Lomax S (2007) Brief Intervention in Type 1 Diabetes: Education for Self-Efficacy - Protocol for a randomised control trial to assess biophysical and psychological effectiveness. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6823/7/6
Davis, REand Lowes, Land Cardock, Sand Dromgoole, Pand Mcdowell, J(2005) Insulin initiation among adults and children with diabetes in the United Kingdom.Practical Diabetes International, 23 (4). pp. 171-174.
Phillips A, Dromgoole P (2005) Analysing training needs Part2: Questionnaire results. Journal of Diabetes Nursing.
Phillips A, Dromgoole P (2005) Analysing training needs Part1: Questionnaire development. Journal of Diabetes Nursing. 9, 7 247-51
Dromgoole P. Lomax S, Thow JC, (2005) Insulin Pump Initiation – Clinical and Quality of Life Evaluation of a New Service. Poster Presentations. Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference.
Dromgoole P (2005) Guide to Diabetes Educational Courses in the United Kingdom. Résumé. RCN: London
Dromgoole P (2004) ‘Insulin in Practice’ a programme that skills up GP’s and Practice Nurses interested in commencement of insulin in their type 2 diabetes patients in general practice. Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference Oral Presentation.
Dromgoole P (2004) How workshops can support health staff moving patients to insulin therapy. Professional Nurse 19:10 26-28
Dromgoole P (2004) Royal College of Nursing. RCN Guide to insulin therapy in type 2 diabetes. London: RCN
Dromgoole P (2004) Diabetic Emergencies. Primary Health Care. London: RCN
Dromgoole P (2003) Prisoners with Diabetes. Résumé. Winter 2003. London: RCN
Editor of RCN journal Résumé 2003 - 2004