New network aiming to improve diabetes care through politics
A network with the aim of raising standards of diabetes care by influencing government policy has been launched.
The UK Diabetes Network will bring together people involved in diabetes care, commissioning and policy making, in a bid to improve care and increase funding.
When it comes to wholesale change, this can only be achieved by influencing ministers. Founder Emma Clayton
Emma Clayton, who has worked in the diabetes community and is now a politician in Sussex, founded the network to breach the gap between healthcare professionals and political influence.
Emma said: “The UK Diabetes Network aims to continually push for improvements in diabetes care and funding by connecting those delivering care for people with diabetes, with decision makers at the highest level of government, on a national and local level. We want to generate feedback from the frontline of the NHS and then assess how to meet the identified challenges from a policy perspective.
“There are many improvements and some great work already being done through rolling out best practice, introducing guidelines and prioritising diabetes care. However, when it comes to wholesale change, this can only be achieved by influencing ministers – and that’s what we want to do.”
Emma has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years and has been integral to the success of some major brands. She has worked on projects in diabetes that have delivered improved skills and competencies for DSNs, and provided tailored education across the diabetes community. She has also delivered marketing and corporate governance projects.
Now she is working to improve diabetes care by lobbying and pursuing policy changes and tackling treatment access barriers at MP and government level through her Grey Bear Consultancy and her political career.