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Dr Naresh Kanumilli



2022 - 2023 Clinical Champions Community: Leading Diabetes Care Innovation

GP, Community Diabetes Consultant, Northenden Group Practice, Manchester University Foundation Trust



Hello, I'm Naresh. I am a GP in Manchester and would love to listen to your stories and learn. Yes, I have been around the block, but an old dog "can" and "should" learn new tricks. 

I also feel that having been working in the NHS for a while I do have a lot of experience and have made a lot of mistakes which I have learned from. 

What gifts, strengths, or unique experiences do you intend to bring to your development work? 

Having predominantly specialised in diabetes, and worked in primary care, I have had a lot of fun despite the hard work. I always had the ethos that, it is busy, let’s get on with it with a smile. 

Having a partner with diabetes and a daughter with a disability, has made me more empathic and can see the other side of the coin.  

I feel I am a good listener and enjoy it. 

Having qualified in India and worked there before coming here I am acutely aware of how lucky we are in this country and what a fabulous NHS we have. 

What area of change are you currently passionate about in diabetes care? 

My motto is "no medication without education" I want to be able to empower the person with diabetes to ask questions and feel able to do so without feeling like they are pressuring the HCP and more like they are having a discussion about their condition and what is good for them. 

But this means that both the healthcare professionals and the person living with diabetes need to be more aware of the condition and understand it better. Educate and upskill both and promote shared decision making.

What most excites you about this journey? 

The fact that I am going to meet likeminded people at different stages in their medical and personal journey, see them face to face and learn from them and also share my learnings. 

Getting support to improve my leadership skills and learning techniques to enable change. 


2016 - 2018 Clinical Champions

Diabetes Network Lead for Greater Manchester & East Cheshire

Primary Care research Lead for GMCRN, General Practitioner with Special Interest in Diabetes (GpwSI), Northenden Group Practice, Manchester

Naresh is a GP in a large practice in South Manchester and has been the GPwSI in Manchester for over 12 years. He is also the Long Term Conditions Lead for South Manchester CCG and has been involved in the development of services and protocols to improve the outcomes for people with diabetes.

At the CCG level Naresh believes in improving the knowledge of both people with diabetes and also the healthcare professionals managing diabetes. Currently in his role as the strategic clinical network lead, he is helping CCGs to understand the importance of the NDA and looking at avenues to improve the participation and improve outcomes for people with diabetes. The network has also taken on a programme to improve the delivery and uptake of structured education, by looking at the barriers and also innovative ways of providing education.

His role as the research lead is to promote research within primary care and also to raise awareness amongst patients about the importance and the benefits of taking part in research.

As a Clinical Champion, he will bring together a wide ranging group of stakeholders, all with the common purpose of improving care and outcomes for people with diabetes across Greater Manchester. This will take particular significance with the Devolution of health and social care in Manchester. The group includes patient groups and charities all who will work with a common purpose.

Naresh’s motto for people with diabetes is “No Medication without Education”.

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