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Dr Soon Song

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2022 - 2023 Clinical Champions Community: Leading Diabetes Care Innovation

Consultant Diabetologist and Physician, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 

Introduction

I'm a consultant diabetologist and general physician. In my roles, I look after people with diabetes and also people with general medical problems admitted to hospital. I have clinical and research interests in young people living with type 2 diabetes. Nationally, I'm an expert member of the NICE Diabetes Committee and has contributed to shaping the recently published guidelines in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This role made me realise the importance of influence and effective leadership to effect change and improve care for people living with diabetes. I'm currently involved in a project to develop care pathway for young people living with type 2 diabetes as part of the National Diabetes Audit Quality Improvement Collaborative (NDAQIP). Previously, I was involved with NDAQIP to improve pre-pregnancy care for women living with diabetes. 

I have extensive postgraduate education involvement as RCP Edinburgh Regional Advisor for Trent, Medical Secretary of the SCE Exam Board for Diabetes and Endocrinology, specialty member of MRCP Part 1 Exam Board and Question Writer for Part 1 and 2 MRCP and PACES exam, apart from being a PACES Examiner. I'm a grant reviewer for the NIHR. 

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

My experience in influencing the key stakeholders with the objective of making changes to improve clinical care and guideline development. This is illustrated by my work in the NICE Diabetes Committee and also the NDAQIP working with primary care colleagues to influence changes in service delivery and development. My knowledge of the diabetes care at the frontline and the medical expertise in this specialty are the other strengths. 

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

My current interest is to improve the care of young people living with type 2 diabetes. This young group is an important growing population but the clinical care pathway is not well defined, unlike type 1 diabetes of similar age. The published literature has shown that long term outcomes are not good. There is definitely a clinical care gap and I'm working with the CCG to design care pathway specific for this young population guided by the local data on demographics and clinical care standards. 

What most excites you about this journey? 

Opportunity to network and improve the horizon, learn qualities to strengthen one's development in clinical leadership beyond those in the Clinical Champions program. I'm excited to be part of this Clinical Champions Community Program to share ideas and also to learn from each other. 

 

2019 - 2021 Clinical Champions

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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