Diabetes UK wants pharmacists to become 'Clinical Champions'

Diabetes UK is looking for senior pharmacists from across the UK to become ‘Clinical Champions’ and provide the leadership required to improve services for people with diabetes in their area.

The role is open to any healthcare professional experienced in treating the complex needs of people with diabetes and with the potential to lead real change, including senior pharmacists, consultants, GPs, nurses, dietitians and podiatrists. The voluntary role runs for two years and includes a package of support and training.

Amy Rylance, Head of Healthcare Professional Engagement at Diabetes UK, said: “Clinicians are uniquely well placed to be able to identify how diabetes services can improve, but all too often they are left frustrated and unable to deliver change.

"There is a diabetes crisis in the UK. 3.5 million people are diagnosed with the condition and an estimated 549,000 people have the condition but don’t yet realise it. In addition, we face massive variation in patient care, treatments and health outcomes across the UK. However, there is clear and growing evidence that it is possible to deliver better diabetes care without spending more money, by ensuring effective services are in place to help reduce the expensive and personally devastating complications that can result from poor management of the condition."

The Clinical Champions programme was launched in 2014 and since then Diabetes UK has recruited 29 Clinical Champions, including pharmacists, consultants, GPs, podiatrists and dietitians.

More information about the programme is available at the Diabetes UK website. The deadline for applications is 5pm, March 29.

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