A Norfolk doctor has been selected as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, to help transform care for people living with diabetes in the East of England.
Clare Hambling, GP and Clinical Lead for diabetes and long term conditions, West Norfolk CCG, (pictured) was chosen for her passion for, and commitment to excellence in diabetes care. She is particularly interested in addressing healthcare inequality and to meet the needs of more vulnerable people, including older people and those living with mental health or learning difficulties.
Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications that include blindness, amputation, kidney failure and stroke.
Diabetes care can vary widely in different regions, and many people struggle to access the vital services they need to manage their condition well. As a GP and clinical lead for diabetes and long term conditions. Clare will join a two-year leadership development programme, supported by Diabetes UK. Through her training, she will identify areas in need of improvement and drive vital changes to the diabetes services that people in the East of England receive.
Clare is one of 20 UK healthcare professionals, including consultants, nurses, GPs, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists and psychologists to be appointed as a Clinical Champion this year.
Peter Shorrick, Midlands and East of England Regional Head, Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest-growing health crisis of our time, and now affects 4.6 million people across the UK. That’s more than cancer and dementia combined – and more than any other serious health condition in the UK.
“Investing in diabetes care in this way, will help reduce serious complications, and in turn reduce the devastating personal – and economic – costs that can result from poor management of the condition.
“Champions like Clare play a critical role in improving the services people with diabetes receive, and contribute massively to our vision of creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.”
The award-winning Clinical Champions programme provides leadership development to healthcare professionals, enabling them to improve diabetes care and bring innovative solutions to local problems. There are now 85 champions across the UK who have access to a network of like-minded clinicians with whom they can share expertise, experience and best practice.