Meet the judges

The panel of judges is a multi-disciplinary panel of leading diabetes healthcare professionals, patient representatives, professional organisations  and leading industry professionals.

The judging chairs are Simon O’Neill , Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison, Diabetes UK, Dr Paru King, Consultant Physician, Derby Hospitals and Dr Marc Atkin Consultant Diabetes & Endocrinology, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

Simon qualified from St Thomas’ Hospital, London as a registered nurse in 1989 and specialised in paediatrics at Guy’s Hospital in 1991. Following several years working in both general and renal paediatrics, he moved to Diabetes UK in 1995 as a nurse care adviser.

Twenty five years later he is still there, although now as Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison. As Director he is responsible for ensuring Diabetes UK produces accurate and up-to-date information and advice on all aspects of diabetes care, based on the latest evidence. Working closely with healthcare professional colleagues, he also advises on the charity’s policies and positions.

He has had type 1 diabetes for 28 years.

Paru has been a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Derby since 2000. Her clinical interests include diabetes and pregnancy and also integrated care. She is the physician lead for the diabetes and obstetrics service, and has clinically led and project managed the award winning PROCEED project, the first integrated service for preconception care.

In 2018, her team was selected as one of 20 quality improvements sites, to further improve preconception care.  She started the National Diabetes and Pregnancy Conference, and has supported its growth into a major annual conference.  In addition, she has been the clinical lead for integrated care in Derby City since 2011, and Derby’s service model has gained national recognition.

Since 2017, Paru has led the spread of this innovation from Derby City to the whole of Southern Derbyshire.  She was one of the first Diabetes UK Clinical Champions, and the role has helped her achieve service development locally as well as given her the opportunity to be involved in her areas of interest at a national level.

Marc Atkin has been a Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine in Bath, UK since 2012, where he is now Clinical Lead. He trained on the south coast of England. Marc is also diabetic foot lead for the Royal United Hospital, Bath and has taken part in a SW Peer Review team that has successfully reduced amputation rates across the South West and recently won a QIC award.

Marc is clinical lead for the development of an integrated diabetes care service which has  now been running since 2015 and is being extended to cover 3 CCGs in the SW of England. Marc is the secondary care representative on 2 CCG Diabetes Steering Groups.

Marc is also the clinical lead for 4 projects (Inpatient diabetes, inpatient podiatry, treatment targets and structured education) in BaNES funded by the NHS England transformation money.

Marc’s interests include service development, quality improvement and innovation in service delivery. He has qualifications in Improvement Science from Haelo in Salford, UK. He is a committee member of the Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Collaborative (T1CC) working to improve Type 1 diabetes care in the UK. He also has an interest in using digital platforms to improve care for people with diabetes and is currently involved in several digital initiatives.

Marc is Chair of NHS England’s South West Cardiovascular Clinical Network and is a member of NHS England’s Diabetes Expert Reference Group that put together the Right Care Pathway for Diabetes. Marc is also a member of DUK’s Inpatient group that is putting together Inpatient Diabetes Accreditation.

Nneka began her nursing career in 2007 at the Middlesex University where she obtained a BSc in Adult Nursing in 2010. She completed her post nursing qualification in Nurse Mentorship and Diabetes Care. Her background includes Orthopaedics (Surgical) and District Nursing.  She has completed  Masters in Public Health focusing on improvement in diabetes and has completed a masters module in Top to Toe Physical health Assessment.

In 2013, she started her diabetes career through a secondment opportunity with the community diabetes team, which she did for a year. She worked two days in the district nursing service and three days with the Enfield Diabetes team. Over that year, she managed the caseload for house-bound patients and Hard to reach patients (palliative care, learning disabilities and PEG feed patients who are bed-bound) living with diabetes. Her role also involved managing patients living with diabetes in Residential Care and Nursing Homes. This secondment strengthened the link between the diabetes team and other healthcare professionals in the community.

Following the successful completion of the secondment, she gained a full-time post as Diabetes Specialist Nurse. She has since been promoted to a Band 7 role. Her main interest in diabetes care is Health promotion and self-management. She enjoys teaching and Facilitating patients, their family members, community nurses and other health care professionals to gain confidence in the provision of diabetes care.

She currently works as a community matron for the Care Homes Assessment Team supporting residential and nursing homes in physical health assessment, end of life, frailty assessment, trusted assessor(facilitating discharges  and acting as advocates on behalf of the resident in hospital) and manging complex diabetes care. She continues to use her diabetes specialist knowledge to support her fellow matron colleagues, nurses and carers in residential and nursing homes.

Her achievement with the support of her team includes; developing the trust newly approved diabetes referrals that facilitates easy triage, developing patient contracts that helps patient understands how to engage in clinics, changing the way type 2 diabetes education was delivered from 3 session of 2.5 hours to developing one stop 2.5 hours session with the support of her diabetes team. This improved attendance rates. She also created a step-by-step assessment guide that enables these link nurses to successfully assess patients living with type 2 diabetes in the community. She has further developed the Health Care Assistant Insulin Administration Programme which has been successfully implemented to train residential Home Carers. She has designed a Primary Care Diabetes Course tailored to meet the needs of Community Nursing staff. She also developed the existing Mentoring/ Induction programme for Diabetes Specialist Nursing at Band 6 level.

She currently exploring the feasibility and practicalities of having an accredited online type 2 diabetes education in the UK. She is also supporting carers and nurse in residential and nursing homes promoting good injection technique and recognising diabetes emergencies in the older person with cognitive impairments.

Dr Sabrina Ahmed is a GPwSI in Diabetes at the Gower Street Practice in London. She is also the clinical lead for Diabetes at her Surgery.

Dr Ahmed completed her medical rotation in North-west England, at the Royal Blackburn Hospital. She continued working there as a Senior Clinical Fellow in Diabetes and Endocrinology till 2007 and then decided to move to Primary Care and completed her VTS training in Birmingham.

Dr Ahmed passed her SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes in 2016, as a way of ensuring her passion for maintaining her knowledge and standards in this speciality.

She is very keen about innovative ideas and developments in novel therapy in Diabetes, and is excited about being one of the judges in the QiC Diabetes this year.

Jessamy is currently the General Manager, UK & Ireland for Sanofi’s General Medicines Global Business Unit, working alongside healthcare systems to deliver improved health for patients with chronic conditions, such as Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease.

Jessamy began her career in healthcare research/health economics following herBSc. (Hons) in Health Sciences/Health Economics from University of Aberdeen.Since then, she has worked in roles that span the pharmaceutical industry, academia and the NHS.

Jessamy’s most recent role was Director of Market Access, UKIE, supporting national and local healthcare access for patients to Sanofi medicines and vaccines.  Prior to joining Sanofi in February 2015, she worked at Eli Lilly as Director, Real World Evidence (Australia, Canada, Europe) and previously as Director, Market Access Strategy (Australia, Canada, Europe).  She has also held the post of Director, Health Technology Appraisal (Australia, Canada, EU, Japan) at Eli Lilly.

Jessamy has held Non-Executive Director Board level roles in the NHS for more than 10 years, the most recent being Non-Executive Adviser for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership, North Hants Clinical Commissioning Group, previously a Non-Executive Director at the Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust, and also worked as Executive Director on the Trust Board of an NHS Foundation Trust.

Alison Barnes is a UK Registered Dietitian specialising in diabetes and weight management. She is a Senior Research Associate at Newcastle University, where she has worked on the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), and is now leading a research project called ReTUNE, investigating the effect of weight loss on type 2 diabetes remission in those diagnosed with the condition at lower BMIs.

As a dietitian with Type 1 Diabetes, Alison has an insight into the kinds of challenges faced by people living with long-term conditions, favouring an approach which empowers patients to better manage their own health. Alison is a graduate of the Diabetes UK Clinical Champions programme. She holds and honorary contract with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust and has recently taken up post as lecturer in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Newcastle University.

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I have a background in Biochemistry (BsC and PhD), immunology (BMedSci) and medicine (BM,BS). I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)

I was a consultant diabetologist, endocrinologist and general physician at an acute trust for 30 years.

During this time I was also Clinical Director of Medicine (7 years), Medical Director of the Trust (10 years) and Deputy CEO (5 years). My major achievement was the successful application of the organisation for Foundation Status awarded post Mid Staffs and with increased scrutiny on organisation provision of clinical governance.

I stepped down from my NHS clinical role in 2012 but I am currently an NHS NED at ASPH (5 years) and Frimley health (9 months) were I make an active contribution at board and committee level with a focus on patient and staff outcomes, safety and experience. I aspire to become and acute Trust Chair.

I have recently been appointed as an honorary Professor (medicine) at the University of Swansea where I have designed and deliver a course on aspects of diabetes.

I have worked with sanofi since 2012 and have been involved with data generation, publications and more recently a seconded post working with the Japanese affiliate in launching a new diabetes therapy.

I have been active in research and publications throughout my career and since 1978 to date have published in excessive of 100 peer reviewed papers and reviews and an undergraduate texted on biochemistry for medical students. The topics of my research range through basic medical science, clinical studies and medical politics.

I remain committed to teaching, data generation and research all aimed at providing improved patient outcomes and experience.

Abigail is a Senior Community Engagement Officer for JDRF UK, and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 4.

JDRF UK is committed to eradicating type 1 diabetes and its effects for everyone in the UK with type 1, and is at risk of developing it. JDRF funds world-class research, makes sure research moves forward and treatments are delivered as fast as possible, and gives support and a voice to people with type 1 and their families.

Nicola Butler is the Lead pharmacist for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She works as part of the diabetes team to help provide care to patients and improve patient safety.

She also works with Leeds Community Diabetes & GP confederation teams on a weekly basis. This work involvescontributing to diabetes care, guideline production and strategic changes in the systemic management of diabetes.

Jason’s clinical work focuses on inpatient diabetes care, avoidance of in-hospital diabetes complications, and the systemic models in delivering and modernising this healthcare service. His academic interests include diabetes in severe complex obesity and its surgical management, having devoted time in this rapidly growing specialist field as a NIHR academic clinical fellow. He serves as one of the core members of Joint British Diabetes Societies (JBDS) for Inpatient Care Group. He is also a passionate advocate of NHS workforce well-being, co-founder of national online peer support network for NHS staff, and regularly work with stakeholders regarding workplace supports for doctors and nurses.

Anne is Nurse Consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust, which consists of The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Newham and Whips Cross hospitals. She is also a Lecturer Practitioner at City University, where she runs the diabetes care modules.

Anne is a committee member of the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse Group and a member of the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit group. She is also a member of the National Diabetes Partnership Board. Anne has participated in the writing of the JBDS guidelines for HHS and DKA.

Anne is particularly interested in diabetes inpatient care, and educating staff to provide better care for people with diabetes whilst they are in hospital.

Diabetes Specialist Nurse (Medway NHS foundation trust & Rainham Primary Care Network

Amanda qualified as a general nurse in 2010 and moved into Diabetes Care in 2014.  Amanda initially started as a junior inpatient DSN, within a few years she then went on to lead the diabetes nursing service at Medway NHS Foundation trust. Since 2019 she has taken on a 2 year project based across a Primary Care Network (PCN) with 1 day remaining in the hospital doing outpatient clinics and Peri-operative diabetes and 4 days a week working across 10 GP surgeries in Rainham.  Amanda Is a non-medical prescriber and has done a PgDip in Advance Practice.  Amanda is currently studying to complete her MSc in diabetes at Kings College London.

Amanda Is the founder of the Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum UK, an online group of healthcare professionals who specialise in diabetes.  The DSN forum won QIC Diabetes Healthcare professionals of the year in 2019 and were also finalists for the Health Service Journal Value awards in the same year. The forum now spans across many social media sites such as Facebook, linked in, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, & WordPress.  The forum team try to attend all of the main diabetes conferences and report back the latest innovations in diabetes care to their 1450 closed group Facebook members, 2700 twitter followers and to their many other readers via their monthly newsletter which is now printed within the journal of diabetes nursing.

Amanda is also an editorial board member of guidelines for nurses and has recently become part of the steering committee for the Diabetes Professional Care Conference. Amanda has a interest in type 1 diabetes technology and mental health in diabetes, her enthusiasm for mental health led her to organise and co-chair the first diabetes and mental health conference ‘Mind of Matter’ with NHS England which saw leaders in Diabetes & Mental health discuss a plan to improve services across England.

Katie is a Research Fellow in psychology at the University of Southampton. She is currently involved in a project investigating pain management in children with life limiting conditions.

Katie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001. She uses an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and is particularly interested in diabetes technology and emotional support for people with diabetes.

Dr Clare Hambling is a GP in Norfolk, where she is the GP Clinical Lead for Diabetes. Clare has a long standing interest in diabetes and is passionate about improving standards of care for people living with diabetes. She is a professional member of Diabetes UK and a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion and is honoured to Chair of the Primary Care Diabetes Society.​

Adele Holcombe Specialist Diabetes Dietitian / Practitioner and Service Manager for North East Essex Diabetes Service. Qualified as a Registered Dietitian in 2007 from the University of Surrey, gained a broad experience in all areas of dietetics, mainly oncology, stroke and artificial nutrition support; however following an interest in public health and obesity moved into diabetes in 2010.

Clinical interests include diabetes in young people/ transition, improving access to new technologies/ virtual clinics and structured education for type 1 & 2 diabetes.My Current job role involves being lead clinician for the insulin pump service and working to improve outcomes and empower pump users, this has included developing an insulin pump database to help track patient consumable ordering, quality of life and clinical progress- this was shortlisted as a QiC finalist in 2015. Also regular teaching on the advanced management of diabetes course at the University of Essex, Antenatal clinics, delivering DAFNE, DESMOND, XPERT and regular local patient education programmes.

David has been Clinical Lead for Diabetes for the Sussex Health and Care Partnership since 2019 and before this was Clinical lead for the South East Clinical Network from 2013. He is Consultant in Diabetes at the award winning Diabetes Care for You service and Course Principal for the Diabetes in Primary Care course at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. David has a strong interest in value based care, Clinical Leadership and innovation within Healthcare.

I am a Paediatric Endocrinologist, with CCT in Endocrinology in 2014 and run a tertiary paediatric endocrine clinic at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals covering a population of approx. 70,000 Doncaster children besides taking referrals from Worksop and surrounding areas.

I have been the lead for Diabetes at DRI since 2014, as well as research lead for the same period. I am the Diabetes network chair for Yorkshire and Humber diabetes network.

My team has actively participated in diabetes research and based on our success we were successful in getting a designated research nurse for paediatrics for the last 7 years at least. My team has taken part in commercial and non-commercial diabetes research projects.

I am the Clinical Director for paediatrics at my trust since 2017 and lead a team of 15 consultants.

Charles is a Consultant Pharmacist in Primary Care and Diabetes employed by the Dacorum GP federation under DHPL. He holds two postgraduate masters degrees in clinical pharmacy and diabetes, he completed his masters in diabetes at the Leicester diabetes centre (LDC) where he developed an interest in holistic integrated diabetes care delivery services. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in advanced urgent primary care with independent prescribing. Over the years he has gained clinical experiences as a hospital, community, and primary care pharmacist.

He represents pharmacy on the diabetes UK conference organising committee and primary care course.

Dr Julia Platts graduated from the Medical School of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 1989 and undertook speciality training in Wales and became a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Glan Clwyd Hospital, North Wales, in 2002. In 2008 she moved to the University Hospital of Llandough, Cardiff. She also works with Cardiff University, developing modules for the Diabetes Diploma. She was appointed as the National Clinical Lead for Diabetes in Wales in 2014 to help deliver the Diabetes Delivery Plan in Wales. She has a particular clinical interest in type 1 diabetes, technology and diabetes, young adult services, pregnancy and diabetes and a service development interest in education in diabetes, prevention and remission services in diabetes.

Jo works currently a Renal/ Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist and works at Imperial NHS Trust within the Imperial College Renal Transplant Centre at the Hammersmith Hospital in London.

This role encompasses both inpatient and outpatient responsibilities and predominately focusses on renal transplantation and dialysis diabetes services.

The role is very clinically based but she is also involved in a number of diabetes and renal national initiatives and teaches in a variety of settings both locally and nationally.

Jo was a member of the RCN Diabetes Nursing Forum Steering Committee for a number of years and also sits on the Diabetes Inpatient Nurse group as a committee member.

Becky graduated from Salford University in 1994 with an Economics degree and then undertook her Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma at Nottingham Business School. She joined AstraZeneca spending nine years there in a number of roles including sales, management and training.

Joining Aventis (now Sanofi) Becky has experienced a number of commercial and medical roles, providing valuable experience and forging a number of relationships across the company, the industry and amongst key stakeholders in diabetes and in the NHS.

In January 2011 Becky became the Head of Professional Relations for Sanofi Diabetes, and through this role has enabled Sanofi to support programmes such as Quality in Care Diabetes and develop free apps for children with diabetes such as Monster Manor and Mission T1D.

I have been a paediatric diabetes consultant since 2006. In my first consultant post I set up a paediatric diabetes service from scratch, including an insulin pump service. I initiated a local paediatric diabetes charity and used the monies raised to take the children and young people on local activities and also residential activity weekends.

I was one of the founder members of the national Association for Children’s Diabetes Clinicians and became the treasurer, setting up the initial account. I continue to be an active member of the ACDC committee and am involved in the guidelines group. This year I am running the ACDC national trainees study day.

I am currently involved in the BSPED special interest group looking at our national paediatric DKA guideline.

In 2012 I moved to Wexham Park Hospital where I head up the paediatric diabetes team. Our team is currently involved in the national Quality Improvement project.

Lynda is a type 1 diabetic since the age of 4 and is very keen to improve experiences of people living with diabetes and prevention of type 2.

She has had many complications including kidney failure, (2 transplants including a kidney pancreas transplant)), diabetic retinopathy, heart disease (2 stents) and peripheral neuropathy so has experience of a wide range of health care across many hospitals and specialisms.

She was a member of Diabetes UK Council of People Living with Diabetes for 6 years, is a Board Member for AHSN Project looking to assist people manage multiple medications and Trustee of an animal rescue charity. Lynda is a full time business consultant

I am currently in my third year of taking a period out of programme to be involved with research looking at people with severe mental illness and obesity and type 2 diabetes.  I am passionate about diabetes care in vulnerable or often forgotten patient groups. This includes transitional care, people with co-existent mental health issues and preconception planning in women with type 2 diabetes. I am the chair of the Young Diabetes and Endocrinologists (YDEF) committee which is committed to delivering training and support to other trainees across the country. I was delighted to be nominated for the Rising Star category at the Wessex Clinical Research Network awards in 2019 and to secure a place on the DUK IDia fellowship programme which support young diabetes researchers in the UK.

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