Meet the judges

The panel of judges comprises recognised academics, clinicians, patient bloggers, nurses and commissioners working in diabetes.

The judging chairs are Simon O’Neill , Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison, Diabetes UK, Dr Paru King, Consultant Physician, Derby Hospitals and Alison Barnes, Research Associate (dietitian) / Diabetes Specialist Dietitian at Newcastle University/Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation 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-one 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 24 years.

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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 model for preconception care.

She has been the clinical lead for integrated care in diabetes since 2011, and currently leads integrated diabetes services in Derby City using a model of care that has gained national recognition and is being promoted as an example of best practice by Diabetes UK. In 2014 she was appointed as a Diabetes UK local clinical.

She has been involved in a number of national projects with NHS Diabetes including the diabetes and pregnancy section of the diabetes commissioning toolkit, user involvement, and was on the Diabetes in Pregnancy network steering group.

Alison Barnes is a UK Registered Dietitian specialising in diabetes and weight management. She has a first class undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition from Northumbria University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Alison is a Research Dietitian currently working with Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University on the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), training practice nurses to deliver a complex weight management intervention in a primary care setting. She has an honorary contract as a diabetes dietitian with Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust and has previously worked as an NHS specialist diabetes dietitian for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, providing regular clinics in primary care and specialist clinics and group education in secondary care. She has also worked on group weight management programmes for both adults and families in community settings.

As a dietitian with Type 1 Diabetes, Alison has an insight into the kinds of challenges faced by people living with long-term conditions, and is committed to an approach which empowers patients to better manage their own health. Alison was selected as one of the Diabetes UK Clinical Champions for 2016-18 and is working on a project to produce a dietary decision aid for type 2 diabetes in order to facilitate more effective discussions about diet and weight between healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes.

Alison can be contacted at Alison.barnes@ncl.ac.uk

Marc Atkin has been a Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine in Bath, UK since 2012 having trained on the south coast of England. He is lead for a diabetes inpatient care team which was shortlisted for the HSJ Patient Safety Award in 2014. Marc is diabetic foot lead for the RUH and has taken part in a SW Peer Review team that has successfully reduced amputation rates across the South West. 

Marc is clinical lead for the development of an integrated diabetes care service which is now being extended to cover 3 CCGs in the SW of England. He was also part of the WEAHSN team that recently won the Diabetes Digital Coach bid to serve as a NHS England test bed.

His interests include service development, patient safety and innovation in service delivery. He is currently attending Haelo in Salford, undertaking training in Quality Improvement Science. He has previously served as Chair of Young Diabetologists Forum (YDEF) and is currently on the committee of Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) and is part of their group working to improve T1 diabetes care in the UK.

Andy graduated from the University of York in 2003 with a Master’s degree in Economics.  He is the current chair of the Sheffield Group of Diabetes UK and is involved in a number of local initiatives to help support those in his local community who live with diabetes. He has organised a number of patient-led events to help bring people with diabetes closer to their local healthcare team. He is the patient representative on his CCG’s Diabetes Executive Group which meets bi-monthly to review local diabetes services.

Andy also sits on Diabetes UK’s Council of People Living with Diabetes which acts as a sounding board for the charity’s trustees and senior staff. He writes a monthly blog for the charity on his experiences of living with Type 1 diabetes and acts as a service champion in his local area.

He has spoken at ACDC, YDEF and the 2016 Diabetes UK professional conference about what living with Type 1 diabetes is like, adding a patient voice to issues such as diabetes education. In addition to these voluntary roles Andy runs his own consultancy company. He has had Type 1 diabetes since 2002.

Thomas graduated from Kings College in 2003, with a degree in Economics, and then undertook a Masters in Psychology also at Kings. Upon leaving University Thomas worked at GMTV as a junior producer before moving into the pharmaceutical industry.

Thomas joined Sanofi in 2007 as a hospital specialist, and from there moved into an NHS market Access role focussing on Diabetes and Cardiovascular as therapy areas.

In 2010 Thomas moved into the Marketing team to work on Sanofi’s insulin portfolio moving into a Brand Manager position in 2012. His role now encompasses professional relations with regard to strategic advocacy development and bespoke NHS partnership projects.

Thomas lives in Guildford, and when not at work can be found cycling the Surrey Hills.

"Jason" / Wui Hang is a diabetes and endocrinology specialist registrar in the north-central London deanery. He is currently studying for an MD(Res) doctorate degree focusing on diabetes and the gut hormone responses after bariatric surgery. His particular interests include severe complex obesity and the peri operative medical care of bariatric surgical management, a rapidly growing specialist field. As a committee member he will ensure that trainee well-being remains a priority by continuing involvement in an nationwide online support group he set up for doctors in distress

Anne Claydon is Nurse Consultant at Barts Health, 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 Claydon is particularly interested in diabetes inpatient care, and educating staff to provide better care for people with diabetes whilst they are in hospital.

Debbie is a Nurse Consultant in diabetes and obesity. She was Vice Chair of the National Obesity Forum from 2006 – 2016 and is now a National Diabetes Clinical Champion for DUK.

She also works across two trusts in North East London as a diabetes nurse specialist and is also involved with the local CCGs, working on the obesity and diabetes local strategies. She works as a Nurse Consultant in Harley Street at the Centre for Health and Human Performance with Professor Greg Whyte and Professor David Haslam. Debbie also works with the Diabetes Think Tank, the APPG for diabetes, calling for government action on diabetes. She has written two books and has published several articles on diabetes and obesity and has now completed an MSC in diabetes at Leicester University

Dr Parijat De is a Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Lipid Metabolism at City Hospital (Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust), Birmingham.

He started as a Consultant Physician in January 2003 having trained as a Specialist Registrar in Wales.

He has a wide interest and expertise in all aspects of Diabetes, especially in the field of Metabolic Medicine and Diabetes Renal disease. His special interest in Diabetes is Metabolic Syndrome as well as the growing problem of obesity including new oral and injectable therapies for weight loss. He has published widely in his field and pursues an active research interest.

He has set up a regular nurse-led diabetic renal review clinic and is involved in research and projects involving diabetic nephropathy and renal disease. He has also set up community based diabetes clinics in Birmingham, which are amongst the first in the country. He has received national acclaim for the Diabetes in Community Extension (DiCE) work.

He has an active interest in all aspects of Endocrinology and has regular out-patient clinics as well as managing in-hospital referrals. His special interest is in the adrenal gland, endocrine hypertension, Thyroid and Vitamin D deficiency.

He is involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate MRCP teaching and is an MRCP examiner and host. He has previously been the trust Clinical Governance Lead, College Tutor and is currently the Clinical Lead. He has set up local protocols and guidelines in most aspects of metabolic medicine including emergencies in diabetes as well as endocrinology.

Dr Tunde Falode is General Manager for the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Business Unit in the UK and Ireland at Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company. Following graduation from the University of Jos Medical School in Nigeria, he secured a basic surgical training post through Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in  London, eventually specializing in  cardiac and thoracic surgery, before changing his career path and joining Sanofi as a medical advisor in 2008. In addition to his current role at Sanofi, he recently completed his specialist training in pharmaceutical medicine and has a keen interest in sports.

Kate qualified from Barts, London in 1996. Working part-time as a registrar gave Kate the opportunity to broaden her interests by taking up a two year part time secondment for NHS Diabetes in 2008 whilst also joining the Think Glucose team at the NHS Institute in Warwick. These experiences ignited a passion for service improvement and it was a natural move for Kate to take up a lead consultant post for the new West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service (WHCDS), launched in April 2010.

Patient empowerment has been at the heart of Kate’s strategy for developing an intermediate community service which has relocated type 1 and type 2 diabetes care into the community and is supported by a portfolio of education for patients and healthcare professionals alike. Patient engagement has been vital to the success of the service.

As a team, the community diabetes service has invested heavily in leadership development, leading to successful nominations at the 2013 Quality in Care Awards and HSJ Care Integration Awards. The team were shortlisted for both leadership and diabetes team categories at the BMJ awards 2014. In 2015 the WHCDS was one of the first community diabetes services to be successfully recommissioned. 

This year Kate was privileged to be asked to deliver the Mary MacKinnon lecture at Diabetes UK annual professional conference. Kate took this opportunity to encourage healthcare professionals to be bold in designing services that meet the needs of their community.

Dr. Roselle Herring is a Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Royal Surrey County Hospital. Her research interest involves using metabolic isotope technology to study glucose metabolism. She completed her MD at the University of Surrey. 

Roselle also has a keen interest in medical education, having developed and led in partnership with Lilly UK the nationally available 'Admission to Discharge' Inpatient Diabetes Education Tool for healthcare professionals. She was a member of the YDEF committee for 4 years and has played a leading role in the development of a number of training courses for specialist trainees in diabetes in the UK, many of which are now recommended components of the national training curriculum. 

Roselle has delivered invited talks at national conferences including Diabetes UK Professional Conference and the Royal Colleges of Physicians. She has also advanced the work on medical ward rounds having published widely and contributed to the development of Joint RCN / RCP guidance on best practice on ward rounds.

Adele Holcombe Specialist Diabetes Dietitian / Practitioner working for North East Essex Diabetes Service since 2012. 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.

I take a leading role in service improvement projects for people with diabetes and local Audit. Current projects include working in association with the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and Essex County Council public health and wellbeing team to improve local pathways and health professional knowledge and access to these as well as developing new initiatives for those with existing diabetes. And recently involved with the joint development of a new education programme for type 2 insulin users.

I qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1985 and as a Registered Sick Children Nurse (RSCN) in 1991. In 1995 I started diabetes nursing with children, young people and their families. I have worked across hospital and community trusts and also do voluntary work for Diabetes UK for their Type 1 events. I have helped to shape local, regional and national policy during through my work.

I was a guideline development group member for the 2015 NICE guidance for children with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and also a specialist committee member for the 2016 NICE Quality Standards for children and young people with diabetes. In February 2016 I was appointed to the Council of Healthcare Professionals representing paediatric diabetes. I also had the honour of presenting diabetes in children and young people to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes  at the House of Commons in September 2016.

I have written articles for national diabetes journals as a lone author and in conjunction with others over the last three years and have obtained my MSc Advanced Diabetes Educator ( Children young people and families) in February  2017.

Shantell a Diabetes Nurse Consultant is employed by CNWL NHS Trust at Camden Diabetes Integrated Practice Unit (IPU), one of the first in the country. Shantell has over 15 years’ experience as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse within Primary, Community and Hospital Care, mainly in North Central London and Bedfordshire. Shantell has a keen interest in care closer to home, population improvement of diabetes care, supporting self-management and management of complex patients with psychological needs. She currently runs a joint clinic with diabetes psychologist and working with the newly forming Psychosis IPU with joint working and management of people with Diabetes and Serious Mental Illness.

Philip is a Consultant Pharmacist in diabetes and endocrinology and works at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He is a current chair of the UKCPA diabetes and endocrinology group and chairs the regional Diabetic subgroup of the District Prescribing Committee.

At a national level he is the lead pharmacist for NHS England diabetes and endocrinology clinical reference group, is a member of the Diabetes UK professional council and sits on the diabetes parliamentary think tank. He is also an editorial board member of Diabetes in Primary Care and is a specialist advisor to the CQC for diabetes in secondary and intermediate care services. In 2015 he was awarded the National Leadership in Pharmacy award by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Dr Rustam Rea is a consultant in Diabetes and Acute General Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  His specialist interest is in inpatient diabetes care and integrated diabetes care.  He is part of the leadership team implementing a large quality improvement programme for inpatient diabetes care at OUH.  This consists of an expanded inpatient diabetes team, creating new education modules for all staff and implementing new IT solutions across the Trust.  He has spent the last 8 years developing new models of integrated Diabetes care bringing together primary and secondary care.  He was Co-Chair of First Diabetes, Derby working in a clinically unified partnership organisation between primary and secondary care.  First Diabetes was recognised for its innovative cross-organisational approach to diabetes care in several national awards.  He is also Editor in Chief of Practical Diabetes (www.practicaldiabetes.com), with a readership of 16,000 diabetes healthcare professionals in the UK and according to the 2015 hospital readership survey the most widely read Diabetes journal in secondary care.​

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 as a medical representative selling within CV and respiratory and spent a further nine years there in a number of roles including sales, management and training.

Joining Aventis as a hospital specialist to launch and sell Lantus followed a 6 month stint at Pharmaceutical Field, the publication for the industry, as an events co-ordinator. During her time at 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 the NHS.

These roles include time in sales, a Diabetes Scientific Advisor - where she was responsible for a number of projects including a publications committee for the Warwick Diabetes Care Insulin for Life programme which delivered a number of peer reviewed publications, and between 2006 and 2010 Becky managed the diabetes and cardiovascular scientific advisor medical team.

In January 2011 Becky became the Head of Professional Relations for Sanofi Diabetes, a role which has enabled Sanofi to support programmes such as QiC Diabetes, free apps for children with diabetes such as Monster Manor and Mission T1D and enable Becky to become a “font of all knowledge” for the diabetes world on social media.  In 2016 this role was extended to include  Cardiovascular Disease. 

Mr. Sarkar is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon with a sub-specialty interest in diabetic foot, complex wounds and limb salvage surgery. He qualified in Cambridge and London before undertaking General Surgical Training in Northeast Thames. He is a member of the  complex diabetic foot MDT at the Royal London Hospital,incorporating the UK's largest renal dialysis  service. He invented the SUSPECT diabetic foot management and training tool.

He is a Principle Investigator for the  BASIL-2 below-the-knee revascularisation trial and Chief Investigator for the RAPID trial of Platelet-Rich Plasma for non-healing diabetic foot wounds. He is also the Vascular Subspecialty lead for  the  North Thames sector at the  National Institute for Health Research. His other roles include Lead for Vascular Research and Education at the  Barts Heart Cardiovascular Centre; Deputy Director of the Waltham Forest and East London Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme and Director of the  Royal College of Surgeons  Basic Surgical Skills Course.

Michelle Stafford is a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist specialising in diabetes and vascular wound care.  She trained at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where she developed her interest in diabetes and wound care, after placements in the Diabetic Foot Clinic, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  She currently leads the Diabetic Foot Clinic at Epsom Hospital. Previously she has worked as a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist and Diabetes Podiatry Manager in East Kent.  She also was seconded to the role of Diabetes Network Manager for East Kent in 2006/7, where her role was to implement the Diabetes NSF.

I have worked as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) for the last eighteen years; accumulating a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of diabetes and its management. This is underpinned by my successful completion of my Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetes and Management and more recently becoming a non-medical prescriber. Locally, I was instrumental in setting up the Diabetes Inpatient Nurse (DISN) service and over the last 14 years have seen first hand the issues that influence the level of care a person with diabetes may receive whilst in hospital. To support my role as a DISN and to facilitate my professional development I have been an active member of the DISN UK Group and most recently have had the opportunity to influence change by representing the group at the Joint British Diabetes Societies meetings, leading jointly on the Hospital Management of Hypoglycaemia in Adults with Diabetes Mellitus guideline. I now hold the position of Lead Nurse for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the East and North Herts NHS Trust; keeping my clinical skills current  as a member of the award winning Diabetes Outreach Team (DOT).

As the mother of a young person with Type 1 diabetes and a strong family history of Type 2 diabetes I am passionate about the care that people with diabetes receive.

I have all too often seen the negative effects of inappropriate care given by a well meaning person. My motivation and drive comes from the belief that every person with diabetes has the right to expect that any health care professional or person allied to the profession; has at the very least; a basic knowledge of diabetes; and the right to have receive appropriate, timely, evidence based treatment and that a multi-disciplinary approach is adopted within their individually agreed management plan.

Dr Garry Tan has been a consultant in diabetes since 2007 and clinical lead in the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism since 2012. Garry has been described as “a huge change agent” and he is uncertain if this is a compliment or not. He has been involved in the development of services in Derby then in Oxford, and his work is underpinned by a drive to improve patient care and a conviction that “things can be done better”. His clinical interests have included various aspects of the management of type 2 diabetes (including his most recent published research on the use of new cannabinoids as a new treatment for diabetes), organisation and delivery of diabetes care, and lipids. He sits on various national committees but is most proud of the difference he’s made to the care of individual patients.

Lis Warren has had type 1 diabetes for 52 years and is an active volunteer for the NHS, diabetes charities and the Health Innovation Network, as well as being an enthusiastic patient advocate.  She is co-chair of the NHS London Diabetes Patient Experience group and has worked with them on eye screening procurement, service specifications, workforce training and insulin pump use.  She is also a Trustee of INPUT (diabetes tech advocacy), a Diabetes UK Service Champion, has spoken for JDRF in parliament and is a patient representative on the Government’s Diabetes Think Tank.  Lis is an active member of the worldwide #DOC (Diabetes Online Community).

Kev Winchcombe is an IT geek during the week and enjoys cycling, surfing and travelling when time allows, but above everything he is proud to call himself a Diabetes Dad. His daughter Amy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10 and since then Kev has launched into learning lots about Type 1 Diabetes with the sole purpose to help Amy live a normal life, especially throughout the teenage years.

He is an active member of the Diabetes Online Community both on Twitter and on Facebook, has been a peer supporter for Diabetes UK and is a peer supporter with last year's QIC finalists Sugarbuddies. Through his cycling Kev has raised thousands of pounds for JDRF and INPUT by cycling to Paris and in the Prudential Ride London Surrey 100.

In January 2015 Kev became very involved with the DIY medical tech solution called Nightscout when he was one of the first in the UK to build an xDrip wireless bridge device. Since then Kev, his daughter and colleagues from the Nightscout UK support term have gone on to give many presentations to Doctors, Professors, HCPs, JDRF, Diabetes UK and national conferences and education days.

Kev blogs about Type 1 Diabetes at bit.ly/circlesofblue


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