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Leadership at Diabetes UK

We develop leaders so that they can transform their services, organisations and the world around them.

Based on our leadership philosophy, our programmes are designed to help grow your ability to understand yourself and what helps and hinders you in making change.  We aim to build a community among participants to provide ongoing support and inspiration for improving care beyond the programme.


Discovering Leadership

Discovering Leadership

A 5-month development programme for those beginning their leadership journey. You will explore what leadership means to you and begin building your confidence and capacity to lead change. Next start date: 23rd June 2022.
Clinical Champions

Clinical Champions

A two year programme aimed at furthering your personal development. This programme will take you to the next level by enhancing your leadership capacity and relationship building skills to transform care across the system.
Building Collaborative Leadership across Diabetes Systems

Building Collaborative Leadership across Diabetes Systems

A unique programme aimed at experienced system leaders. This tailored programme will increase the skills, confidence and ambition required to lead across diabetes systems.

Selecting the right opportunity for you

To address the diabetes crisis, we need leadership at all levels. This is why we have developed three programmes to reflect the different stages of the leadership journey. Have a look and see which one best meets your current needs.

Expressions of interest

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for Discovering Leadership. Once you have reviewed the programme details and joining criteria, and know which programme you are interested in, please fill out the expression of interest form which you can find on the relevant programme pages.


Participants are assessed on a rolling basis and we expect to have more demand than places, so if interested, please get in touch with us early. Once received, the Healthcare Improvement Team will be in touch to discuss which opportunity is right for you. When the programmes reach capacity, we will close expressions of interest for the year.

Please note there is a different expression of interest form for our Building Collaborative Leadership across Diabetes Systems programme. 

Our leadership philosophy

Change comes from all levels of the system

Responsibility for change doesn’t lie in the hands of a few, heroic individuals. The unprecedented scale and complexity of the diabetes crisis calls for leadership like never before – leadership that is distributed at local levels and unleashes the enormous potential of systems and individuals.

Everyone can lead

Leadership is not restricted to those with a formal job role. A leader is anyone with the courage to take responsibility to create change for people living with or affected by diabetes.

Leaders grow leaders. 

Leadership is about facilitating change and cultivating cultures of meaning, belonging, hope, compassion and diverse perspectives. Leaders help acknowledge fear and uncertainty and provide space and support for individuals and groups to find their way in the dark.

Whatever the problem, community is the answer.

Leaders recognise the workplace as interconnected systems. Building coalitions and collaborative relationships and sustaining strong networks that are responsive and adaptive to change, are vital to success.

Leadership development is a lifelong journey.

Leadership is a set of skills and behaviours we can all develop. At every stage of your journey, leadership development involves both learning new ideas and unlearning existing ones.

Leadership resources

Discover the latest leadership resources and tools from Diabetes UK and other organisations. 

Clinical Champions and Discovering Leadership are Diabetes UK projects in collaboration with Novo Nordisk who are providing support and funding.

Discovering Leadership and Building Collaborative Leadership across Diabetes Systems are kindly supported by a grant from AstraZeneca UK.


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