Mrs Rebecca Martin

Miss Rebecca ThompsonTel: 020 3447 2431

University College Hospital

Children and young people's services, Children and young people's diabetes

Professional background

Rebecca Martin (Nee Thompson) RSCN, BSc, MSc is a Nurse Consultant for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes at University College London Hospital NHS Trust. She has been supporting children and adolescents and their families living with diabetes since 1997 when she joined UCLH as a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Rebecca is the Lead Nurse for Children and Young People with diabetes, providing professional advice, leadership and direction throughout the Trust. Clinical practice includes consultations with families wishing to commence insulin pump therapy, supporting staff to deliver pump education and following families up following pump initiation. Rebecca runs the new referral clinic for the diabetes service, offering appointments to children and families who are wanting to explore the possibility of moving to an alternative paediatric diabetes service.

The service has grown considerably, now supporting nearly 600 children, young people and their families living with diabetes. The service has won awards – winning the category for ‘Quality and efficiency in providing children services’ in the 2011 Health Service Journal Awards and ‘Best initiative supporting self-care’ in the Quality in Care Awards in 2014 (for our external webpage). Rebecca started the insulin pump programme including designing the structured education programme (‘Pump School’), which was highly commended at the Health Service Journal Awards (2007).

Rebecca has been a nursing representative at national working groups, including a member of the group writing the National Curriculum for the training of HCP’s (caring for CYP with Diabetes Mellitus) and national and international insulin pump stakeholder groups and advisory boards. She holds an honorary appointment with City University and is now working with London Southbank University on the new ‘Principles of care for children and young people with Diabetes’ module. Rebecca became a non-medical prescriber in 2012.


Cai, R., Holt, R., Casdagli, L., Viner, R., Thompson.R., Barnard, B. & Christie, D. (2017) Research:. Diabetic Medicine. 34 (6): 813–820

Peters, C., Hindmarsh, P. & Thompson, R. (2017) Insulin pump therapy. Paediatrics and Child Health. 27 (4): 160–165

Thompson, R., Agostini, K., Potts, L., Luscombe, J., Christie, D., Viner, R., White, B. & Hindmarsh, P. (2013) Deprivation and ethnicity impact on diabetes control and use of treatment regimen. Diabetic Medicine. 30: 491-494

Alselah, F.M, Smith, F.J, Thompson, R. & Taylor, K. (2013) A structured educational insulin pump therapy programme: the views of children/young people and their parents. European Diabetes Nursing. 10 (1): 25-30

Thompson, R., Delameter, A., Gebert, R., & Christie, D. (2012) Integrated care and MDT: The role of the different professionals. In: Christie, D., & Martin, C Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes. Children, adolescents and their families. London: Radcliffe Publishing. 101-113.

Thompson, R. (2012). Structured education for diabetes. In: Christie, D., & Martin, C Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes. Children, adolescents and their families. London: Radcliffe Publishing. 126-141.

Thompson, R. Adolescents and pump therapy – Maintaining success (2011) CSII therapy: Supplement to Diabetes Digest. 10 (3): 6-8

Thompson, R. (2011) Get going and stay going’ with pump therapy – Educating adolescents about pumps (2011) Paediatrics and Child Health. 21 (9): 431-433

James,J., Vanterpool, G., Hicks, D., Jill, J., Bannister, M., Claydon, A. & Thompson, R. (2011) NHS reforms: White Paper response from national diabetes nursing groups. Journal of Diabetes Nursing. 15(1): 15-21