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The Clinical Champions Programme

The Clinical Champions programme won the Gold International Excellence in Practice Award.

Diabetes UK Clinical Champions are healthcare 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.

We currently have 125 Clinical Champions working across the whole of the UK. They've achieved some fantastic things so far. Between them, our Clinical Champions have trained thousands of other healthcare professionals, developed innovative new clinics, reduced medication errors, increased the number of people getting treatment for diabetes, and much more.

Clinical Champions join us for a two-year leadership development programme, during which time they develop the skills to deliver a project to transform local diabetes care. The programme includes formal leadership training at the world-leading Ashridge Business School, ongoing mentoring and support from Diabetes UK, and facilitated Action Learning Sets where Champions can share knowledge and best practice.

"The programme supports people to in numerous different ways to be able to achieve things that they never thought they could in terms of diabetes care improvement." Dr Debbie Wake

Want to be a Clinical Champion?

To find out how to become a Clinical Champion, go to our recruitment page.  

Find your local Champion

The Diabetes UK Professional Leadership Alumni

It doesn't stop there. Graduates from our Tomorrow’s Leaders and Clinical Champions programmes can join our Professional Leadership Alumni to continue developing their leadership capabilities and 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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