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Three healthcare professionals chosen as diabetes champions for the Midlands

Three healthcare professionals have been selected as Diabetes UK Clinical Champions, to help transform care for people living with diabetes in the Midlands. 
 

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Tabitha Randell, a Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust; Ateeq Syed, a Consultant Endocrinologist at University Birmingham Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (pictured); and Vicky Elliot, a Clinical Psychologist in Paediatrics, South Warwickshire Foundation NHS Trust, were chosen for their passion for, and commitment to excellence in diabetes care. 

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. The three dedicated professionals will join a two-year leadership development programme, supported by Diabetes UK. Through their training, they will identify areas in need of improvement and drive vital changes to the diabetes services that people in the Midlands receive.  

They are three of 20 UK healthcare professionals, including consultants, nurses, GPs, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists and psychologists to be appointed as Clinical Champions this year. 

Peter Shorrick, our Midlands and East of England Head 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 Tabitha, Ateeq and Vicky 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. 
 
If you are interested in becoming a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion for the 2019-2021 intake please contact clinicalchampions@diabetes.org.uk or call 020 7424 1892. This is a Diabetes UK project in collaboration with Novo Nordisk who are providing support and funding. 

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