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Diabetes UK Clinical Champions search starts

By Editor
24th January 2018
Care planning, Charity Education

The search for healthcare professionals who would like to lead improvements in diabetes care across the UK has begun.

Diabetes UK is looking for consultants, nurses, GPs, 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, to address the significant variation in patient care and treatment for people living with diabetes in the UK.

Since the programme began, 65 clinicians have been recruited to develop their leadership skills and become champions for improving diabetes care. Between them they have trained thousands of other healthcare professionals, developed innovative new clinics, reduced medication errors and increased the number of people getting treatment for diabetes.

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

Amy Rylance, Diabetes UK’s head of healthcare professional engagement, said: “Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, affecting 4.5 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 heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations leading to disability and premature mortality.

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

For more information or to apply to become a Clinical Champion for 2018-2020, please go to www.diabetes.org.uk/clinical-champions-recruitment, contact clinicalchampions@diabetes.org.uk or call 020 7424 1896.

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