Maggie Shepherd, RGN PhD

Human Capital Development

Maggie Shepherd, RGN PhD

(GBR) United Kingdom:  Nurse

Nominee Highlights:

Dr. Maggie Shepherd is an experienced nurse whose work combines scientific research in genomics with its clinical application to improve patients’ lives. Her work transforms the lives of people who are misdiagnosed with the incorrect form of diabetes, ensuring they have the correct and most effective treatment.

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Dr. Maggie Shepherd trained as a registered general nurse at King’s College Hospital and worked as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse in Greenwich prior to joining the monogenic diabetes team in Exeter in 1995.

“My work in monogenic diabetes has transformed patients’ lives by ensuring the correct diagnosis and treatment and has enabled the effective translation of research findings into clinical care through innovative educational initiatives.” – Maggie Shepherd

She has a PhD in Medical Science and qualifications in Medical Education, Genetic Counseling, and Genomic Medicine. Dr. Shepherd is an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Exeter Medical School, Lead Nurse for Research at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 70@70 Senior Nurse Research Leader, and lead coordinator of the national, award-winning Genetic Diabetes Nurse project. Particular interests include increasing awareness of monogenic diabetes, ensuring correct diagnosis and treatment, and increasing the integration of research into clinical care. She has published over 100 research outputs, of which she is the first author of over 30, and was the first nurse selected to deliver the Arnold Bloom award lecture at the Diabetes UK annual conference in 2019 for recognition for her work in improving care for people with diabetes.