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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.

How to apply

Why you should apply


What are Clinical Champions?

Clinical Champions are healthcare professionals who are supported by Diabetes UK to lead improvements in diabetes care. Clinical Champions take part in a two-year leadership development programme, where they learn about influencing change, and benefit from peer support and peer learning. At the same time, they deliver a project to improve/transform local diabetes care.

There are currently 65 Clinical Champions across the UK. Some of their achievements to date include:

  • Setting up an integrated care service
  • Reducing medication errors in hospital
  • Increasing the number of patients receiving foot screenings
  • Designing new staff training initiatives
  • Halving the waiting time for routine/follow-up appointments

Read more about what the current Champions are doing

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.

To enable them to do this, Clinical Champions get the following support:

Leadership skills

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 develop key skills they will need to influence change.

Peer support

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.

Support from Diabetes UK

Hands-on support with leading change through practical resources, information, research findings, local knowledge and insight from Diabetes UK and Novo Nordisk.

How long is the programme?

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

Who should apply?

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

Further information about the criteria for Clinical Champions can be found in the role description.

How to apply

Recruitment for our next cohort of Clinical Champions opens on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

Download role description (Word,189KB)

Download application form (Word, 189KB)

If you have any questions about the role or application process, please contact and we would be happy to chat to you.

Please email completed forms to by 5pm on Wednesday 28 March.

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


See what our Clinical Champions think of the programme and how they have benefited.




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