Consultant Physician, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation
Paru has been a Consultant in Derby since 2000 and was one of the original cohort of Clinical Champions in 2014. She led and project managed the award winning PROCEED project, the first integrated model for preconception care. Her time as a Clinical champion overlapped with her second grant from The Health Foundation allowing her to develop a website, evaluate the barriers and facilitators to spreading PROCEED as well as developing a costing tool for congenital abnormalities.
Paru has led integrated care since 2011. She took a concept and delivered a business as usual model that is now internationally recognised as an example of best practice. During her time as a Champion this service was decommissioned. The Champions programme provided her with the skills to negotiate this challenging journey as well as support from the previous and current Chief Executives. Finally this year has seen movement in the right direction towards commissioning an integrated model for diabetes in Southern Derbyshire.
In the last 2 years, she has had the opportunity to contribute to some of Diabetes UK’s work, including proposing quality standards in diabetes and pregnancy, the development of an information prescription on preconception care, and contributing to a position statement regarding integrated care. She has also become a category chair for the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards.