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 29 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.

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 her BSc. (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). Jessamy has held Non-Executive Director Board level roles in the NHS for more than ten years, the most recent being Non-Executive Adviser for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership, North Hants Clinical Commissioning Group.

Alison is an Associate Research Dietitian at Newcastle University for two studies investigating remission of type 2 diabetes: the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), and ReTUNE) and an Associate lecturer in Human Nutrition & Dietetics. She has recently taken a post as lead dietitian at Changing Health, working on scalable diabetes and weight management digital health programmes. Alison is an HCPC Registered Dietitian and has specialised in diabetes and weight management since 2009. In addition to her research post Alison holds an honorary contract as a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian with Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust, and is a graduate of the Diabetes UK Clinical Champions Programme. Alison has a personal insight into some of the challenges faced by people living with long-term conditions, having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged eight. Her experience has helped her develop an ethos of empowering patients to understand and be able to manage their own health through the power of lifestyle change.

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.

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, 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 teaches 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.

Tamsin has worked in the NHS for 12 years and has been a DSN for the last 7 years and works at the Royal Stoke University Hospital part of the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust. Prior to becoming a DSN, Tamsin worked as a critical care nurse for 5 years within the same Trust

Tamsin’s current role involves working as part of an inpatient DSN team the role encompasses both inpatient and outpatient responsibilities and is very clinical in nature. She is also a non-medical prescriber. Tamsin has a special interest in Type 1 diabetes, diabetes technology and renal and Tamsin has been instrumental in setting up online support groups using social media for people living with diabetes in the local area.

Tamsin is also part of the admin team for the DSN Forum and Diabetes 101 and she has been working with both teams during the last 12 months.

Tamsin was a speaker at the DPC 2020 where she presented ‘Pumping in a Pandemic’  on how they had maintained their pump service during lockdown.

Tamsin is currently in the 2nd year of her MSc and is working on her dissertation in Diabetes with Kings College London.

Tamsin’s interest and enthusiasm for diabetes is very personal as she has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for the last 42 years. She was very proud to be nominated and progress to the final in the Diabetes Professional of the year QiC Diabetes awards 2020.

Dr Najaf Haider is a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at the Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and the current chair of the Young Diabetologists' and Endocrinologists Forum (YDEF). His interests include medical education, diabetes renal disease, use of technology in type 1 Diabetes and pituitary disorders.

Clare is a General Practitioner with an interest in diabetes and the current chair of the Primary Care Diabetes Society.

Working in Norfolk, in the East of England, Clare is the GP Clinical Lead for diabetes and the Co-clinical lead for Protect NoW, an innovative project aimed at supporting the implementation of population health and care and reducing healthcare inequality. In addition to her local roles in diabetes, Clare sits on several clinical advisory groups, including for the National Pregnancy in Diabetes (NPID) Audit, and has recently contributed to the diabetes working group for the Centre for Peri-Operative Care (CPOC), a cross-specialty collaboration dedicated to the promotion, advancement, and development of perioperative care for the benefit of patients at all stages of their surgical journey.

Clare Howarth is Head of North of England for Diabetes UK taking up post in 2018, prior to this Clare spent 20 years working across different areas of the NHS and local government in roles focused around health improvement and engagement. In 2008 Clare was awarded the municipal journal award for her efforts in reducing health inequalities in young people with the development of THINK Teenage Health in Knowsley Programme. Clare continued to work across Youth Services and School Health with a keen interest in sexual health and substance misuse. Clare worked at St Helens and Knowsley trust before joining Diabetes UK as Patient Experience Manager, the Trust was awarded best patient experience in 2016. Clare has been chair of St Helens and Knowsley diabetes patient focus group for the last 12 years, and also chairs a group for parents with children living with disabilities across Merseyside. Clare has studied at the University of West Sussex, Cumbria university, Salford and Liverpool University.

Sallianne Kavanagh MRPharmS, MPharm , IP,  MSc Clinical Pharmacy, MSc Healthcare Leadership, FHEA

Sallianne is senior lecturer in pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy at the University of Huddersfield. Her current role includes leading the independent prescribing for pharmacist certificate and providing specialist diabetes and endocrinology teaching across the MPharm and MSc courses. She does this in conjunction with her role as an Advanced Clinical Pharmacist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHSFT. She has an extensive history working in the field of diabetes, including her clinical pharmacy role, being a member of the UKCPA Diabetes and Endocrinology committee and supporting CPPE with development and delivery of diabetes learning modules. Sallianne actively contributes to the academic literature for diabetes, including peer reviewed journal articles and textbook publications relating to the role of pharmacists in diabetes care and the understanding of insulin safety strategies. She is currently a member of the NICE committee reviewing the suite of diabetes guideline.

Lisa began her nursing career at Altnagelvin hospital in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1991 and gained experience within both primary and secondary care before completing her BSc (Hons) in Specialist Nursing Practice in diabetes in 2006 and Nurse Independent Prescriber in 2011.

In 2009 Lisa returned to Altnagelvin to begin her diabetes career as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse, providing care to inpatients, outpatients and antenatal services. She developed an insulin pump service within the trust and participated in a regional group to standardise criteria and documentation for pump services with NI. She was involved in setting up a DSN led antenatal clinic for women with gestational diabetes.

In 2010 Lisa moved to Ulster University as a lecturer in nursing and is Pathway Lead for Specialist Practice Qualification in diabetes, the diabetes short course and Non-medical prescribing. Although now working in education she remains active within diabetes as a member of the NI Diabetes Network,theRegional Diabetes Specialist Nurses Forum NI, the Northern Ireland Advisory Council for Diabetes UK and the NI representative on the TREND committee.

Michelle is a Diabetes Specialist Pharmacist/Senior Clinical Pharmacist at a primary care network, who previously worked for the CCG and delivered primary care diabetes cardiovascular risk clinics. The diabetes medicines optimisation service was provided to the General Practice to improve the three treatment targets and supported the completion of the nine care processes. Prior to these roles, she has been a hospital Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialist Pharmacist and Lecturer at The Bradford School of Pharmacy. She continues to be a Visiting Lecturer for diabetes medicines optimisation within the postgraduate clinical diploma programme at The Manchester School of Pharmacy. Michelle sits on the UKCPA Diabetes and Endocrinology Committee. She collaborates with accredited training providers to develop and deliver national and regional diabetes education to primary and secondary care health professionals. Michelle is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Clinical Pharmacist and contributes as a trainer and reviewer for the CPPE diabetes and endocrinology learning programmes. She writes and reviews diabetes-related publications in peer-reviewed journals. She updated the postgraduate Type 1 diabetes module for Medway School of Pharmacy and contributed to the second edition of Drugs in Use. She was a member of the NCEPOD study advisory group on the peri-operative management of people with diabetes. She is currently undertaking a PhD study exploring the barriers and facilitators in supporting primary care healthcare professionals to improve diabetes self-management for individuals with type 2 diabetes. The study will also aim to design a professional support tool for routine use in the primary care setting based on the qualitative findings from the first phase of the study.

My name is Julie Lewis and I am a Primary Care Diabetes Nurse Consultant working in North Wales.

I have been fortunate in my nursing career, experiencing all aspects of diabetes across a range of healthcare settings. I have held clinical and strategic roles, so have a comprehensive appreciation of service planning, quality improvement and clinical developments.

My background in diabetes spans from 2002 in research, then as a DSN in acute and primary care. For five years I was the diabetes clinical lead in North Wales  and amongst other developments, I created locality based diabetes multi-disciplinary teams, standardised access to structured diabetes education programmes; promoted successful business plans for clinical psychology and point of care testing.

Now, in my role as primary care nurse consultant, I am a professional nursing advocate. I am keen to demonstrate the true capabilities Nursing has to offer in a rapidly changing NHS. I have worked with clinical experts and academic colleagues to secure national approval of the career progression framework for specialist nursing and helped to establish the Wales Academy for Nursing in Diabetes (WAND).

I enjoy teaching and recently established a specialist advisory forum, offering virtual bite-sized learning for primary care long term condition management. I deliver DAFNE and have peer reviewed new DAFNE educators across the UK.  I lead modules for Swansea University’s diabetes online MSc. programme.

I joined the Primary Care Diabetes Society committee in 2019 and have enjoyed delivering and chairing sessions in the Welsh PCDS conference. I also represent DSN’s in Wales on the TREND committee.

I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to join the 2021 diabetes QiC judging panel.

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.

Angela is National Director of Diabetes Scotland.  She has worked at senior level in the third sector for over ten years with a particular interest in health and sustainability.  Prior to that Angela worked for over twenty years as a journalist and television producer and director for BBC and Channel Four.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a board member for Volunteer Scotland and Vice Chair of Forth Environment Link.

Anuja is a Paediatric Endocrinologist, with CCT in Endocrinology in 2014. She runs 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.

Anuja has been the lead for Diabetes at DRI since 2014, as well as research lead for the same period. She is the Diabetes network chair for the Yorkshire and Humber diabetes network.

Anuja and her team have actively participated in diabetes research and based on their success, they were successful in getting a designated research nurse for paediatrics for the last seven years at least. The team has taken part in commercial and non-commercial diabetes research projects.

Anuja has also been the Clinical Director for paediatrics at her trust since 2017 and leads a team of 15 consultants.

Julia 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.

Julia was appointed as the National Clinical Lead for Diabetes in Wales in 2014 to help deliver the Diabetes Delivery Plan.

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, and through this role has enabled Sanofi to support programmes such as Insulin Safety Week, Hypo Awareness Week, Quality in Care Diabetes, Sanofi Cares and develop free apps for children with diabetes such as Monster Manor and Mission T1D.

Fiona has been a paediatric diabetes consultant since 2006. In her first consultant post, she set up a paediatric diabetes service from scratch, including an insulin pump service. She 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.

Fiona was one of the founding members of the national Association for Children’s Diabetes Clinicians and became the treasurer, setting up the initial account. She continues to be an active member of the ACDC committee and is involved in the guidelines group. This year she is running the ACDC national trainees study day.

She is also currently involved in the BSPED special interest group looking at the national paediatric DKA guideline.

In 2012 Fiona moved to Wexham Park Hospital where she headed up the paediatric diabetes team. Her team is currently involved in the national Quality Improvement project.

Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist based in West Wales. Previous recipient of 3 QiC Diabetes awards and was in the first group of Diabetes UK Clinical Champions from Wales. Interest in digital delivery of support and learning for those living with, and looking after people with diabetes.

I am currently Head of Midlands and East of England for Diabetes UK. I have been in the role for over twenty years, having gained extensive experience previously in the Leisure, Financial and Third sectors. After graduating with a Business and Sports qualification, I worked in the Leisure Industry for ten years, before benchmarking myself in the financial sector, where I was able to develop my commercial acumen. At the same time I successfully completed an MBA at Staffordshire University. This has enabled me to work strategically in my previous and current roles. For two years I was General Manager of a Charity in Staffordshire, managing 60 people. Our main focus was providing respite care for carers. In 1998 I joined the British Diabetic Association as Regional Manager for the West Midlands. Aligning ourselves with NHS England, we merged to become Midlands Diabetes UK, and three years ago became Midlands and East of England. Our region covers over 60 CCGs, and just under one million people with diabetes. I work closely with regional NHS England, Public Health England, STP, CCG, ICS commission leads and healthcare professionals from Primary and Secondary care. We also work closely with pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, and more recently with Community Pharmacy. Our main objective is to influence and impact the quality and equity of care across all communities.

We initiated the Diabetes in Pregnancy Conference ten years ago, which has now become the single largest specialist diabetes in pregnancy conference in Europe. We have been instrumental in supporting self-management, and signposting patients to key supporting services through the provision of patient information and education.

Dr Rose Stewart is a multi-award winning Clinical Psychologist working in the Wrexham Young Adult Diabetes Service in North Wales, and the acting Diabetes Psychology lead for Wales. She also writes guided self-help books for people living with diabetes (the Talking Type 1 range), is a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, and lectures and Swansea and Bangor universities. Dr Stewart uses a range of third-wave therapeutic approaches to work with high-risk client groups, and has particular interests in prevention of eating disorders, the roles of shame, compassion and empowerment for people with long-term conditions, and creating psychologically informed care systems.

Hannah Syed is the Diabetes Lead Pharmacist for East Sussex Healthcare Trust. Hannah leads on medicines optimisation across the interface to ensure safe, clinically effective and evidenced based use of medicines within diabetes care. Prior to taking up this new innovate role, Hannah worked within the CCG leading on diabetes medicines optimisation projects and has a hospital background. Hannah also works as a practice pharmacist, in addition to working occasional shifts in community pharmacy.

I am a diabetes specialist dietitian and I current lead the Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP) - www.cdep.org.uk as well as lead the training for the CamAPS FX Closed-loop Insulin Delivery System – www.camdiab.com

I have a particular clinical interest in Type 1 Diabetes, especially in intensive insulin management, structured education, advanced communication skills (such as motivational interviewing and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and the use of technology (such as insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring, telecommunication, etc).

Debbie qualified as a Registered Nurse in the 1980’s and specialised in intensive care and trauma medicine, she is a passionate advocate for patient involvement in the treatment decision making process. After clinical practice, Debbie joined Bristol Myers Squibb as a Nurse Adviser and led a team of nurses working in the heart failure disease area.

Debbie spent 2years as the medical lead at a publishing company, commissioning and editing medical textbooks, and is a champion for the continuing education for those that have impact on patient’s lives.

During her 19 years at Sanofi, Debbie has worked at both a country and more recently Global Central Medical Office position, spanning vaccines, rare diseases, oncology, diabetes and cardiovascular medical teams, exploring the ways in which the medical teams identify, gather and action valuable insights from our health care professionals and patients. Debbie is a lead for UK and Ireland’s Diversity and Inclusion taskforce, with a particular interest in representation.

In her current role, Debbie is accountable for delivering a patient centric medical strategy to support the General Medicines portfolio. Listening to and working with Health Care Professionals across the UK and Ireland, the medical team are the touch point for non-promotional educational materials, real world data, investigator studies and scientific discussion. Debbie’s priority is to use the insights gained from health care professionals and patients to shape the future of industry and health care collaboration.

Debbie is the EU membership lead for the Medical Affairs Professional Society.


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  • 2021 KEY DATES
  • Open for entry:
    Tuesday 20 April 2021
  • Extended Entry Deadline:
    Monday 12 July 2021
  • Judging day:
    Tuesday 7 September 2021
  • Awards ceremony:
    Thursday 14 October 2021