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Dr Soon Song

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Consultant Physician and Diabetologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

As one of our Clinical Champions, Soon aims to raise awareness on the importance of pre-conception care to women with diabetes of child-bearing age in the community. Having connected with key stakeholders, the strategy is to upskill and empower practice nurses and pharmacists to deliver pre-conception care in the community, particularly for women with Type 2 diabetes. This work is part of the National Diabetes in Pregnancy Quality Improvement Collaborative, an initiative to improve pre-conception care in England and Wales.

Soon also wants to raise awareness that more young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He aims to create a pathway to improve care for young people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in primary care.

Background

Soon was appointed Consultant Physician and Diabetologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2004. He is the clinical lead for antenatal diabetes, and has also created a service to improve care of young people with Type 2 diabetes. His previous achievements include establishing an inpatient diabetes outreach programme into renal wards and an insulin pump service.

Apart from clinical roles, Soon has been involved in postgraduate education as RCP Tutor, Medical Secretary of SCE Diabetes and Endocrinology Exam Board, member of MRCP Part 1 Exam Board, Question Writing Group for MRCP and PACES Examiner. His research interest focuses on young Type 2 diabetes and he has published articles on complications and cardiovascular risk in this group. Based on his expertise in this field, he has written invited commentaries for Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

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