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Dr Philip Johnston

Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Belfast Trust, Royal Victoria Hospital and Belfast City Hospital

Dr Philip Johnston, Clinical Champion

Philip is a Consultant in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Medicine working at the Regional Centre for Endocrinology and Diabetes, Royal Victoria Hospital as well as the Belfast City Hospital in Northern Ireland, UK.

After graduation from Queens University Belfast Medical School in 2003, he completed training in internal medicine followed by a 5 year registrar training program in internal medicine, endocrinology and diabetes, during which he completed an MD Thesis on the pathogenesis of diabetic pre-eclampsia. In 2014 he completed a one year clinical research fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA into Cushing’s disease outcomes, thyroid ultrasound and autologous islet cell transplantation for patients with chronic pancreatitis. 

Being a Clinical Champion, Philip would like to improve the healthcare of patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP) and diabetes in the Belfast Trust. The main aims of the proposed work in patients with CP is:

  1. to increase the screening of diabetes in CP through HbA1c
  2. to propose an algorithm for the outpatient management of hyperglycaemia in this population 
  3. in conjunction with dietetic, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary colleagues,  assess the rates of uptake of pancreatic replacement therapy (PERT) and nutritional status, and  document rates of faecal elastase or other methods of screening for malabsorption 
  4. to centralise the referral process for new patients and standardise the subsequent follow up for CP patients with newly diagnosed diabetes, by development of a care pathway  
  5. aim to facilitate enhanced patient education in disease management in this cohort
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