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. All these 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 since 1992.

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.

Adele qualified as a Registered Dietitian from the University of Surrey in 2007 gained a broad experience in all areas of dietetics, mainly oncology, stroke and artificial nutrition support. However following an interest in public health and behaviour change chose to specialise in diabetes in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since!  Diabetes experience includes antenatal, insulin pumps, technology, exercise, young persons & transition clinics and facilitating DAFNE, DESMOND structured education sessions.

Current role involves driving the NEEDS team forwards in innovative ways to continue improving outcomes and empowering people living with diabetes in North East Essex, upskilling of healthcare professionals in the local health pathways, teaching on the advanced management of diabetes course at the University of Essex and managing a multidisciplinary team of Specialist nurses, pharmacist, dietitians, podiatrists, mental health nurse and HCAs.  Adele takes a leading role in service improvement projects and local audit. Projects include the redesign of the diabetes mental health pathways in NEE in collaboration with the local IAPT team, co-development of ‘CLIMB type 2 diabetes education’(Carbohydrates, Lifestyle, Insulin Management and beyond!) and participation in real world studies around new insulins and injection site techniques. Returning as a QiC judge for fourth year.

Vicki qualified as a nurse 2002 after completing her BSc (Hons) Nursing degree at Birmingham City University. She became a Diabetes Specialist Nurse in 2005 and since then has worked across both primary and secondary care. Her experience includes, diabetes research, inpatient diabetes, antenatal diabetes and integrated community diabetes care. She has worked in different localities across the UK including Birmingham, Liverpool and currently Leicester.

After relocating from the North West in 2021, Vicki’s current role is within the EDEN team at Leicester Diabetes Centre where she delivers diabetes education and mentoring to primary care health care professionals both locally and nationally. She is also involved in some exciting diabetes innovation and transformation projects.

Vicki is also a member of the DSN Forum UK management team in addition to being part of the multidisciplinary Diabetes 101 twitter team that was set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vicki won the QiC diabetes professional of the year in 2020 after nomination from her colleagues and in 2021 as part of team Diabetes 101 won two QiC awards.

Vicki is a published author and has presented at diabetes conferences including DPC and DUK over the years. Vicki is in her final year of her MSc in Diabetes Practice at Swansea University. She has a passion for diabetes care and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Alison is a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian, currently leading two different type 2 diabetes remission pilots in the North East of England. She is lead Research Dietitian for Newcastle University’s high profile remission studies, and a lecturer for the MRes Diabetes course. Alison is a graduate of the Diabetes UK Clinical Champions programme, and has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 8. She is privileged to be a member of the QiC Diabetes judging panel and feels inspired every year by the amazing work that individuals and teams around the UK are doing to keep improving diabetes care.

Hannah Beba is a provisional Consultant Pharmacist working at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (embedded in the Leeds GP Confederation). Hannah is co-chair of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Associations Diabetes and Endocrine Committee and sits on the Diabetes UK Committee of Healthcare professionals. Hannah is an associate lecturer at Newcastle University. Hannah’s recent appointment takes her into a primary care focused, integrated care role. Hannah believes that here there are fantastic opportunities for multidisciplinary teams to provide holistic, unparalleled care to people living with diabetes.  Hannah is driven to tackle inequalities in care and looks to tackle this in her forward agenda.

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.

I am Sarah Gibbs, a mum of three. I have had diagnosed type 2 diabetes for 8 years and since diagnosis have become immersed in diabetes with a thirst for knowledge and a need to raise awareness in other people. I am a member of numerous patient centred groups looking at care and research of diabetes and equality in care provided and am a great believer that best practice should be celebrated and shared.

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.

Catherine is a clinical pharmacist and independent prescriber and the lead clinician for management of Type 2 diabetes at her GP practice in East Devon.

Catherine is a primary care diabetes champion for the NHS England Southwest Clinical Network, and also Devon CCG’s project lead pharmacist for the development of PCN diabetes specialist pharmacist roles across North and East Devon.

Catherine has previously been involved in Devon CCG diabetes projects, particularly around the development of local frailty guidelines in the management of diabetes.

Catherine teaches on the University of Exeter Clinical pharmacy MSC course and independent prescribing course and hosts a 3 week SSU for 2nd year medical students on “Management of Type 2 diabetes by clinical pharmacists in primary care”

Catherine originally worked in community pharmacy from 1995 to 2010 and has extensive experience in primary care having worked part time for the Medicines Optimisation team at Devon CCG (2003 -2013) and then as a clinical pharmacist and prescriber in general practice.

Paula Johnston is the lead adult inpatient diabetes specialist nurse at the University Hospital Southampton, where she has been working within diabetes for the past 11 years.                                              
She is a non-medical prescriber and has completed her Masters in diabetes. She has been a regional genetic diabetes (MODY) nurse for the past 6 years and is the deputy genetic diabetes nurse for the Central and South GMSA. Paula has had several articles published and she also teaches on the Diabetes MSC and non-medical prescribing modules at Southampton University.                                                                                                        
She is a member of the RCN diabetes forum as well as the DISN forum.

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 2017 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, the Regional Diabetes Specialist Nurses Forum NI, the Northern Ireland Advisory Council for Diabetes UK and the NI representative on the TREND committee.

In her current role, in addition to the coordination and delivery of specialist training for pharmacy and medical health professionals, Michelle leads on the strategic workforce development of our advanced practice pharmacists across care settings, including increasing pharmacist engagement in portfolio work and research as part of their career pathway. She was 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 in Pharmacy Practice at The University of Bradford. 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 enablers in supporting primary care healthcare professionals to improve type 2 diabetes self-management. 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.

Tina McCrossan is National Director for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, taking up post in February 2022. Tina is a social worker by profession having worked extensively with children, families and communities experiencing high levels of adversity and disadvantage. She has 20 years’ experience at senior level within the Third Sector. She has a particular interest in supporting resilience and in ensuring processes are in place for people with lived experience to shape services and policy.

Angela is National Director of Diabetes Scotland.  She has worked as a senior level in the third sector for over ten years with a particular interest in in sustainability, health, the prevention agenda, long-term behaviour change and organising/mobilising communities.  Prior to that Angela worked 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.

"Helena is Community Engagement Manager for JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity. She has over 10 years’ experience working to support people with type 1 diabetes.

JDRF focuses on investing in research that will transform the lives of people with type 1 diabetes – improving treatments today until we find a cure. We are committed to eradicating type 1 and supporting everyone living with the condition. We work with policy makers to increase availability of treatments and by providing information and resources to help people manage their condition."

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.

Amar Puttanna is a Diabetes and Endocrine Consultant in the West Midlands and National Advisor for Clinical Engagement for Sanofi UK. He is interested in education, having won teaching awards from the University of Birmingham and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and currently sits on the MRCP Part 1 examining board. In 2018 he received an Excellence in Patient Care Award from the Royal College of Physicians for contribution to the profession. Dr Puttanna's interests are in cardiovascular disease, diabetes management in older adults and translating research into clinical practice. He has helped develop local and national guidelines and worked on various educational e-learning projects and his work in cognitive impairment (DIADEM project) has won a Quality in Care award.

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.

Peter was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1966. His business career was spent in business unit management with responsibility for teams delivering technology projects to banks and airlines. Since then he has a number of expert by experience roles in diabetes. He is a member of the DAFNE Structured Education Executive Board, the National Diabetes Audit Partnership Board, the DVLA Medical Advisory Panel on Diabetes and currently chairs the Diabetes UK Council of People with Diabetes.

Dr Rose Stewart is a multi-award winning Clinical Psychologist working 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.

I am a diabetes specialist dietitian and I lead the Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP) - www.cdep.org.uk as well as support the use of CamAPS FX Closed-loop Insulin Delivery System – www.camdiab.com – in type 1 clinical practice.

My main clinical interest in is 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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  • 2022 KEY DATES
  • Open for Entry:
    Monday 28 March 2022
  • Entry Deadline:
    Friday 1 July 2022
  • Judging Day:
    Tuesday 6 September 2022
  • Voting Deadline:
    Monday 12 September 2022
  • Awards Ceremony:
    Thursday 13 October 2022