Search starts for new wave of Clinical Champions

By Editor
7th February 2017
Care planning, Charity Lead stories

Healthcare professionals who want to drive forward diabetes care are being asked to sign up to a Diabetes UK programme.

The Clinical Champions initiative, which was launched in 2014, supports professionals from across the diabetes pathway to lead improvement in their local areas.

Becoming part of this programme will help the professionals focus on an area of improvement that the individual has identified as a pressing issue in their local area.

Clinical Champions are expected to be experienced in treating the complex needs of people with diabetes and have the potential to lead real change. It is a voluntary role which usually last for two years and comes with a package of support and training.

Four 24-hour training sessions will be attended by the Clinical Champions at the world-leading Ashridge Business School. During the training sessions, they will learn about being an effective leader and what key skills they will need to influence local change.

Another section of the training is done through attending four Action Learning Sets which will help them in learning from peers and to find solutions to the barriers they may face in improving local care.

The programme is run in partnership with Novo Nordisk which provide support and funding. Currently the programme has 45 Clinical Champions working across the nation on projects that include training for care home staff and inpatient nurses.

Healthcare professionals from across the diabetes pathway interested in this role qualify for the programme if they are; consultants, GP’s, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists and senior pharmacists.

To become a Clinical Champion or to ask any questions about this role, please contact clinicalchampions@diabetes.org.uk

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