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GPs included in new diabetes ‘clinical champions’ drive

Three GPs form part of new 20-strong cohort of champions

Adrian O'Dowd

Friday, 20 July 2018

Three GPs have been named as part of 20 new “clinical champions” acting for charity Diabetes UK.

The charity has appointed 20 healthcare professionals – including GPs, consultants, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists and psychologists – to its clinical champions programme which supports them to be strong local leaders, working to address the significant variation in patient care and treatment for people living with diabetes across the UK.

The Clinical Champions Programme was launched by Diabetes UK in 2014, in partnership with Novo Nordisk and there are now 85 clinical champions across the UK, who have access to a network of relevant clinicians, with whom they can discuss issues, share ideas and best practice.

The newest intake of champions have been selected based on their skills, clinical expertise and enthusiasm for transforming care for people with diabetes.

They will be supported by Diabetes UK with two years of training alongside their clinical work, to help them identify improvements and drive change in diabetes services in their local areas.

The three GPs involved are Dr Beth Marfleet from the Northern and Yorkshire region, Dr Clare Hambling from the East region and Dr Sarah Davies from Wales.

Dr Marfleet said: “As a CCG we are passionate about high quality health care delivered closer to home wherever possible. We aim to achieve this in diabetes care with professional training and specialist support from hospital teams for our GP practice nurses and doctors.

“I am also really excited about a new partnership between our GP practices and hospital trusts in delivering Diabetes Today, a local programme for people living with type 2 diabetes.”

Dr Hambling said: “We have an exciting but challenging programme of projects aimed at improving services and outcomes for people living with diabetes in Norfolk and I hope that my learning from the Clinical Champions Programme and the support of my colleagues will help me provide effective clinical leadership to help implement those.”

Dr Davies added: “I am very passionate and enthusiastic about providing great quality diabetes care in the community setting. This role will give me the opportunity to improve this by working towards fully integrated care for people with diabetes, improve health care practitioner training, and develop local diabetes prevention projects.”

Amy Rylance, head of health engagement and development at the charity, said: “Diabetes is the fastest growing health crisis of our time − if nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025.

“We know that investment in better diabetes care brings both human and economic benefits, by reducing the devastating and costly health complications, such as blindness and amputations, which can develop as a result of the condition being poorly managed.

“That’s why our clinical champions are so important. They play a critical role in leading improvements to the care people living with diabetes receive, and contribute enormously to our aim of creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.”

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