Recruitment starts for Clinical Champion programme

By Editor
16th January 2020
Care planning

Consultants, nurses, GPs, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists and psychologists are being urged to take part in Diabetes UK’s next cohort of Clinical Champions.

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, 105 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 the appropriate treatment for their 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.

Bridget Turner, Director of Policy, Campaigns and Improvement at Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, affecting 4.7 million people. When diabetes is not well managed, it is associated with serious complications including amputation, sight loss, stroke and kidney failure.

“The Clinical Champions programme is not about parachuting in external experts who don’t understand local needs, but about empowering clinicians in the local area to lead on delivering the best possible care for people living with diabetes. This is the sixth year of the programme and we are looking to expand our reach further to recruit the diabetes leaders of the future to transform the care and lives of people living with diabetes.”

For more information or to apply to become a Clinical Champion for 2020-2022, click here or call 020 7424 1052.

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