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Could you be a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion?

Why you should apply

What are Clinical Champions?

Clinical Champions are healthcare professionals who are supported by us 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 and transform local diabetes care.

There are currently 105 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 Hult Ashridge Executive Education, 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.

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, but not limited to, 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. Clinical Champions will be required to deliver a project to improve local diabetes care and all applicants should spend time thinking about their project and what the local need is for their initiative before applying.

How to apply

Expressions of interest are currently closed for the Clinical Champions programme.

The programme is currently closed for recruitment through 2022. The earliest we will reopen the programme is 2023. If you wish to be contacted if the programme re-opens, please email: to be added to our expressions of interest list.


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

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