Specialist Pharmacist, Diabetes and Endocrinology
Vicky Ruszala is a specialist pharmacist in cardiology and heart failure at North Bristol NHS Trust. She works in a specialist capacity, trying to improve the inpatient experience for those with heart failure, diabetes, and renal disease and reducing errors in multi-morbidity care. She is currently leading on improving holistic CVRM care in primary care and taking part in the redesign of the BNSSG Heart Failure Integrated pathway.
She has 12 years of experience working in diabetes and has completed secondments with both Bath and North East Somerset CCG and Royal United Hospitals Bath, and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucester (BNSSG) CCG. She worked for both as a specialist pharmacist in the integrated diabetes service, contributing to strategic changes in the systemic management of diabetes and holding independent specialist clinics in GP practice to aid the achievement of the three key NICE targets.
She has held specialist national roles including chair of the UKCPA Diabetes Group committee, pharmacist lead of the endocrinology Clinical Reference Group for NHS England, and also works as a pharmacist advisor for NICE and was part of the guideline development group for the original NICE Type 1 diabetes guideline. She is passionate about the role of pharmacists in providing care in long-term conditions and was the lead author for the integrated career and competency framework for pharmacists in diabetes.
She has been published in a range of journals on different aspects of diabetes care. As a speaker, she has had the privilege of attending and speaking at a range of national and international conferences.
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