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New JBDS chair announced

By Editor
19th June 2019

The new chair of an influential group of senior inpatient clinicians has pledged to “continue to improve” the care for people with diabetes in hospital.

Professor Ketan Dhatariya has been announced as the new chair of the Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care group (JBDS – IP), taking over from Professor Mike Sampson in September.

Professor Dhatariya is a Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Medicine at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and also an Hon Professor of Medicine at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia.

Speaking to the Diabetes Tines, he said: “Mike Sampson is going to be a very hard act to follow and I aim to keep up the momentum of the great work that JBDS has done so far. The care of people with diabetes in hospital is still not as good as it could be, and working with our partners Diabetes UK, ABCD, the DISN group, the NaDIA team and others we want to continue to improve the care for his vulnerable population. We are already working with the CQC, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Physicians and others to see how we can further raise the profile of inpatient diabetes.”

Professor Sampson, who is a Consultant & Service Director, Diabetes & Endocrinology at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust and Norwich Medical School, has led JBDS since 2011.

He said: “I am delighted that Ketan is taking over from me as JBDS Chair, and sure that he will take JBDS forward very successfully. I’d like thank the more than 150 clinicians who have contributed to JBDS work since 2011, and particularly thank Christine Jones for her hard work as JBDS administrator; the JBDS portfolio of  guidelines are now used in most UK Trusts , but as we all know, there is still a lot to do in improving inpatient diabetes care.”

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