My name is Alison Leyland and I’m a Specialist Midwife for Diabetes having worked in this role for the last 11 years at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1981 and a Registered Midwife in 1983. I have since earned a Batchelor of Science in Professional Studies Midwifery from the University of Central Lancashire.
I have been responsible for setting up the diabetes pregnancy service with the team in Blackpool and lead on audit on diabetes in pregnancy within the trust. I have implemented a Colostrum Banking Service with the breastfeeding peer supporters for women with diabetes in pregnancy and have been involved with the adult and paediatric services in setting up a Transition Service for young people with diabetes to promote education around pre-conception care and planning pregnancy. Education has always been a priority for me and I regularly teach on the subject of diabetes in pregnancy to the wider maternity team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and more recently on a national basis. I have presented at the MAINN conference in 2015 on Antenatal Banking of Colostrum at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation Trust. I have been involved in the updating of diabetes in pregnancy leaflets at the Perinatal Institute in Birmingham and I am an active member of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Network.
I am married to husband Michael and have two grown up children. In my spare time I enjoy walking, travelling and spending time with my family.