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GPs invited to become new diabetes clinical champions

Diabetes UK seeks next generation of champions

Adrian O'Dowd

Friday, 25 January 2019

GPs and other health professionals are being invited to take part in a programme designed to lead improvements in diabetes care between now and 2021.

The charity Diabetes UK is looking for healthcare professionals including GPs, nurses, consultants, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists and psychologists to take part in its Clinical Champions programme.

The award-winning initiative launched in 2014, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, aims to address the significant variation in patient care and treatment for people living with diabetes in the UK.

Since the programme began, 85 clinicians have been recruited to develop their leadership skills and become champions for improving diabetes care.

Last summer, three GPs were appointed as part of 20 new recruits to the programme.

Between the champions, they have trained thousands of other healthcare professionals, developed innovative new clinics, reduced medication errors and increased the number of people getting the appropriate treatment for their diabetes, said the charity.

The new champions will be selected based on their leadership potential, clinical expertise and a demonstrable passion for transforming care for people with diabetes.

People taking on the role will be supported with two years of training alongside their clinical work, to help them become strong leaders, identify improvements and drive vital change in diabetes services in their local areas.

Bridget Turner, director of policy, campaigns and improvement at Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, affecting 4.6 million people. That’s more than any other serious health condition in the UK.

“When diabetes is not well managed, it is associated with serious complications including amputation, sight loss, stroke and kidney failure.

“Clinical Champions help transform diabetes care, which in turn reduces the risk of devastating complications and makes a meaningful difference to the lives of people with diabetes.”

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