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Professor Jonathan Valabhji awarded OBE 

By Editor
31st December 2018
NHS England

The National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity at NHS England has been recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Jonathan Valabhji has been awarded an OBE for services to diabetes and obesity care.

He said: “I am delighted to receive this award. It is an honour to work in the NHS, with fantastic teams both at the hospital and at NHS England. Together, we have made some ground breaking improvements in diabetes and obesity care.”

Professor Valabhji has been the National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity since 2013. He is also a Consultant Diabetologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Professor of Practice (Diabetes) at Imperial College London, with a current research focus on diabetic foot disease as well as on diabetes population level health.

He qualified in 1990 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London, and joined St Mary’s Hospital, part of  Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, as a junior doctor in 1994, becoming a consultant in 2002. In that same year, he established the acclaimed Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Service at the trust which provides daily clinics focusing on foot infections including osteomyelitis and Charcot foot disease. The clinical outcomes for this service have been shown to be among the best globally.

As National Clinical Director, Professor Valabhji is Clinical Lead for the NHS England Diabetes Programme, including both the Diabetes Treatment and Care Programme and the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Paying tribute to the accolade,  Imperial College Healthcare chief executive Professor Tim Orchard said: “I am delighted that Jonathan has been recognised in this way for his outstanding contribution to diabetes healthcare. As a leading clinician in his field, his ground-breaking work has helped to improve the lives of many people with diabetes, not just at St Mary’s, but across the whole country. We are extremely proud of his achievements and that another one of our clinicians has received this important honour.”

NHS England chair, Lord Prior, also praised Professor Valabhji and other NHS staff who were named in New Year’s Honours list. He said: “These are remarkable people doing extraordinary things for their fellow citizens. The NHS is a unique organisation which has won the hearts and minds of all of us for over 70 years, but its success depends wholly on the people who work in it. Those who have been honoured for their service this year honour us all. Many, many congratulations to them.”

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