About Us

As diabetes specialists in service redesign, healthcare professional training and direct patient care, we have developed flexible and engaging training solutions to up-skill primary care workers and promote improved outcomes for people with diabetes. Our patients demand consistent, high quality support from their diabetes team and this has informed the practical resources and care pathways that form the backbone of our courses. We equip students to meet the patients’ expectations of consistent, high quality care. PITstop has received accreditation from the RCGP and the University of Greenwich, with recognition from NICE, NHS England, Diabetes UK and TREND UK.

Our Team

We are a small team of diabetes experts with extensive experience in both supporting people with Type 2 diabetes and training healthcare professionals and patients to manage diabetes effectively. We are focused on delivering the very best courses and training programmes that allow healthcare professionals can confidently deliver best practice diabetes care.

Meet The Team

Anne Goodchild
PITstop Director, Training Lead and Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Anne is an independent Diabetes Specialist Nurse, director of DIME square Ltd and Founder of PITstop and PrePITstop. She has a BSc in Professional Practice and is a non-medical prescriber.

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Anne is an independent Diabetes Specialist Nurse, director of DIME square Ltd and Founder of PITstop and PrePITstop. She has a BSc in Professional Practice and is a non-medical prescriber.

She has extensive experience in both primary and secondary care, and a particular interest in Type 2 diabetes and the training needs of practice diabetes teams. She advises clinical commissioning groups and training providers who are developing structured primary care training programmes for healthcare professionals. She has designed and delivered courses to meet the needs of practice teams, community pharmacisits, community nurses and care homes wanting to provide a high standard of diabetes care and support to their patients.

Bibliography Author of Programme for Insulin Therapy for people with type 2 diabetes Co-author of Dietary considerations with insulin and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Debbie Mason
GP lead for the PITstop training portfolio and PITstop trainer

Debbie became involved in delivering PrePITstop and PITstop courses in 2017, having attended the PITstop course and developed a passion for diabetes.

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Carin Hume
National PITstop Trainer and Dietetic Advisor to PITstop, Training BSc Dietetics, Msc Sports Nutrition

Carin is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator with 15 years experience, working in the NHS and private health sector.

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Carin is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator with 15 years experience, working in the NHS and private health sector. She has a special interest in exercise and technology in diabetes and is a certified diabetes technology clinician. Carin has developed the dietary component of a structured education programme for people with Type 2 diabetes and has delivered a programme of presentations to primary care healthcare professionals. She joined the PITstop team in 2013.

Bibliography Co-author of Dietary considerations with insulin and type 2 diabetes. Co-author Type 1 Diabetes, clinical management of the athlete.

Sarah Dean
Sarah Dean, Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Sarah joined Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT)in 2001 as a diabetes
 specialist nurse and completed her MSc in Diabetes in 2009.

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Sarah has been involved in diabetes in primary care for over twenty years. Firstly, gaining experience as a practice nurse involved
in supporting GP diabetes clinics. Sarah joined Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT)in 2001 as a diabetes 
specialist nurse and completed her MSc in Diabetes in 2009.

Her areas of interest are patient education and empowerment. Until
recently, Sarah was the lead nurse for developing and delivering the patient education programmes for people with type 1 and type
2 diabetes in east Kent. PITstop trainer since 2014.

Karen Ellard
PITstop Trainer, Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Karen Ellard is a National PITstop trainer with over 15 years experience as a Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse.

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Karen Ellard is a National PITstop trainer with over 15 years experience as a Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse. She has been a trainer on the PITstop programme in Bexley, Kent from the beginning in 2011 and played an integral part in the original course design. She continues to support Practice teams in Bexley where most practice teams are trained to an advanced level.

Liz Meconi
PITstop trainer

Liz is an experienced Diabetes Specialist Nurse, her career focused on community diabetes care,...

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Liz is an experienced Diabetes Specialist Nurse, her career focused on community diabetes care, including the provision of diabetes clinics, a housebound service supporting both patients and community nursing teams, and teaching and mentoring practice-based healthcare professionals. Liz continues to work in General Practice and is an X-PERT structured education trainer. She has been actively involved in the training of primary care healthcare professionals in Bexley, South London, since 2000, where the Pitstop training originated from

Helen Gibson
PITstop Trainer, Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Helen is an independent Diabetes Specialist Nurse with 20 years experience in both primary and secondary care. She has an MSc in diabetes care and has been involved in the development and delivery of diabetes education programmes for healthcare professionals for many years.

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Helen is an independent Diabetes Specialist Nurse with 20 years experience in both primary and secondary care. She has an MSc in diabetes care and has been involved in the development and delivery of diabetes education programmes for healthcare professionals for many years.

She has held the post of honorary lecturer at the University of York and has lectured on diabetes topics both nationally and internationally. She is expert in identifying training needs and the right support and development for diabetes teams in primary care. She has been a National PITstop Trainer since 2014. MSc in Diabetes Care.

Lauren Goodchild
PITstop Marketing and Administration Assistant

Lauren is from a design and marketing background. Since 2019 she became part of the PITstop team, assisting with Marketing and Administration.

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Lauren is from a design and marketing background. Since 2015 -2019 she worked for a design and communication agency with a focus in Financial services. In 2019 Lauren set up her Brand Consultancy company and also became part of the PITstop team. Her role is to assist Anne with design and marketing, management of the website and administration. Since working with the PITstop team, Lauren has helped transform the course folders to workbooks, updated the website and changed the evaluation structure and presentation.

Chris Bowles
PITstop Course Administrator

Chris is responsible for course registration and compiling our comprehensive student evaluation reports.

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Chris is responsible for course registration and compiling our comprehensive student evaluation reports.