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Clinical Champions and networks

Diabetes UK Clinical Champions

In 2014 Diabetes UK, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, launched the Diabetes UK Clinical Champions programme. The Clinical Champions programme drives improvement in diabetes care across health systems by developing leaders of change and advocates for diabetes.

Diabetes UK Clinical Champions are health care professionals with the clinical expertise, leadership skills and passion to improve care locally for people living with diabetes. They act as catalysts for change, working closely with local decision makers to ensure diabetes is at the top of the health agenda and to improve care for people living with diabetes.

We now have 45 Clinical Champions working across all four nations who are supported throughout the two year programme to improve care for people living with diabetes. This support includes formal leadership training at the world renowned Ashridge Business School, ongoing mentoring and support from Diabetes UK and facilitated Action Learning Sets where champions are able to share knowledge and best practice.

Apply to become a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion

The Champions

London

Dr Joan St John – GP with a specialist interest in diabetes
Dr Syed Farooq – GP and Long Term Conditions and Dementia Lead
Dr Rina Davison – Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology
Claire Neely – Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Dr Jaimin Patel – General Practioner, Macmillan GP, GP Appraiser, Referral Triager
Debbie Cook – Nurse Consultant, Redbridge and Waltham Forest CCGs

Eastern

Dr Karunakaran Vithian – Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology and Clinical Lead for North East Essex Diabetes Service
Dr Ana Pokrajac – Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology and GIM

South West

Ruth Miller – Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Dr Alex Bickerton – Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology

South East

Sarah Gregory – In-Patient Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Nicky Daborn – Lead Practice Nurse and Diabetes Clinical Lead Brighton & Hove CCG
Mayank Patel – Consultant in Diabetes, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Midlands

Dr Milan Piya – Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology 
Dr Srikanth Bellary – Senior Lecturer at Aston University and Hon Consultant Physician and Clinical Director for Diabetes and Endocrinology
Elizabeth Hackett – Principal Pharmacist for Diabetes
Dr Syed Gillani – GP and Clinical Research Fellow Diabetes
Dr Paru King – Consultant Physician
Dr Parijat De – Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust

North West

Professor Satyan Rajbhandari – Consultant Diabetologist
Dr Vinesh Sobha – GP with a specialist interest in Diabetes
Dr Naresh Kanumilli – GP with a special interest in diabetes, GP partner, Diabetes Network Lead- GMLSCN
Professor Edward Jude – Consultant Physician and Professor

Northern and Yorkshire

Debora Brown – Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Dr Elizabeth Martin – GP with a specialist interest in Diabetes
Dr Ryan D'Costa – Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology
Dr Vijay Jayagopal – Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology
Alison Barnes – Research Associate (dietitian), Diabetes Specialist Dietitian at Newcastle University/Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Scotland

Dr Deborah Wake – Consultant/Clinical Senior Lecturer
Sheena Macdonald – Specialist Diabetes Dietitian
Dr Vicky Alexander – Consultant Paediatrician
Dr Paul Newman – GP
Dr Christopher Smith – Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Royal Alexandra Hospital

Northern Ireland

Dr Anthony Lewis – Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology
Julia Shaw – Assistant Podiatry Manager
Lesley Hamilton – Diabetes Networks Manager
Dr Ian Wallace – Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Acute Medicine
Joanne Quinn – Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Wales

Dr Justin Warner – Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist
Dr Neera Agarwal – Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology
Dr Sam Rice – Consultant Physician Endocrinologist
Scott Cawley – Professional Lead Podiatrist for Diabetic Foot
Andrew Crowder – Head of Programme, Diabetic Eye Screening Wales
Dr David Moore – GP
Rosalyn Thomas – Swansea Deputy Head of Podiatry, Abertawe Bro Morganwg University Health Board

How to contact a champion

If you are interested in contacting one of the Diabetes UK Clinical Champions to learn more about their work please email clinicalchampions@diabetes.org.uk.

Applying to become a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion

We are currently recruiting for the next cohort of Clinical Champions. Visit our recruitment page to find out more. 

The Diabetes UK Professional Leadership Alumni

We have recently launched the Professional Leadership Alumni for graduates of Diabetes UKs leadership programmes including the Tomorrow’s Leaders and Clinical Champions programmes. The alumni will allow clinicians graduating from these programmes to continue developing their leadership capabilities and to network with colleagues from across the UK. 

 

This is a Diabetes UK project in collaboration with Novo Nordisk who are providing support and funding.

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