Could You Be A Diabetes UK Clinical Champion?

We’re looking for healthcare professionals from across the diabetes pathway to put themselves forward to become Clinical Champions and provide the leadership required to improve local services for people with diabetes.

What is the Clinical Champions programme?

The Diabetes UK Clinical Champions programme is a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to develop their personal leadership style and to learn new skills, which will help them to deliver a project to improve care in their area. This project will focus on an area of improvement that the Clinical Champion has identified as a pressing issue in their locality. The programme is run in partnership with Novo Nordisk, who provide support and funding. There are currently 65 Clinical Champions, working across projects including training for care home staff and inpatient nurses, establishing local diabetes networks, and improving training for local schools supporting children with diabetes. Read more about what the current Champions are doing

Who should apply?

We’re looking for healthcare professionals who are committed to improving local diabetes care. The role is open to any healthcare professional from across the diabetes pathway, including consultants, GPs, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists and senior pharmacists. Applicants should be experienced in treating the complex needs of people with diabetes, and have the potential to lead real change. 

How long is the programme?

The voluntary role runs for two years and includes a package of support and training. The next cohort of Clinical Champions will come into post in July 2018 and will complete the programme in June 2020.

What training do the Clinical Champions get?

During their two years in post, Clinical Champions will attend four 24-hour training sessions at the world-leading Ashridge Business School, where they will learn about being an effective leader and the key skills they will need to influence local change.

Clinical Champions will also attend four Action Learning Sets during their time in post – supporting them to learn from peers and find solutions to the barriers they face in improving local care.

How to apply

We have now closed applications for the 2017-19 cohort but will open recruitment for the next cohort in March 2018.

To register your interest in becoming a Clinical Champion or if you want to be notified about when recruitment opens, please contact clinicalchampions@diabetes.org.uk.

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