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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Dr Sarah Steven

Consultant Diabetologist, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

As a Clinical Champion, Sarah hopes to set up a sustainable, long term initiative to embed pregnancy planning into usual care. Specifically one which spans the boundaries between primary and secondary care. The vision is to develop a pregnancy planning service that is streamlined and accessible to all women with diabetes in Greater Manchester. The aims are to educate and support women around contraception and pregnancy planning, as well as empowering all health care practitioners in contact with women with diabetes to be able to give brief focused advice and signposting, with easy referral to a multi-disciplinary clinic for those who need it. 

Sarah's current role includes working in antenatal diabetes clinics, where she also sees women with diabetes who are planning a pregnancy. She recognises the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes in women of child-bearing age, and the need to redesign pregnancy planning services around the women who need most care.

Background

Sarah has worked as a Consultant Diabetologist in Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust since 2016. She completed her specialty training in North-East England, which included a period of research into the reversibility of type 2 diabetes under Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University. Her publications include work on the mechanisms of return to normal glucose levels following both bariatric surgery and very low calorie dieting in people with type 2 diabetes. 

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