I started out my nursing career as a practical nurse

and I met a very famous professor

who encouraged me to become a diabetes specialist nurse.

It affects African-Caribbean people and Asian people quite severely.

There's a higher incidence in our cultures.

So I became even more interested.

So I then went on and worked my way through to consultant nurse level.

This is the best thing I've ever done.

How have your blood sugar readings been

in relation to the new tablet we started you on?

(woman) Really good. Last time...

Our service actually identifies people with diabetes.

We support them, we treat them, we educate them

so they're actually in control of their condition

and not the condition being in control of them.

So I help them to understand what foods they should be eating.

I also help them test their blood glucose levels

and also how to take their medication safely.

32 years ago it wasn't very easy for black nurses

to actually develop within the nursing profession.

Now it's much easier for black nurses to achieve their full potential.

In 2006 I was awarded an MBE for work I did in diabetes.

It makes me feel proud and humble at the same time,

but also makes me feel that I need to not just stop there but keep going.

My inspirations have been Martin Luther King,

Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.

They were selfless.

They cared for others more than themselves.

It's important for us to celebrate some of the achievements

and I believe we have a rich history and let's share it.