Diabetes

The clinical leads for the diabetes workstream were appointed on 18th July 2017 and endorsed by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists. You can read more about the appointment of clinical leads here.  Yvonne Frewin (yvonne.frewin1@nhs.net) is the Project Manager for this work stream.

Joint Clinical Lead: Professor Gerry Rayman

Consultant Physician, Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, and the Diabetes Research Unit at Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust.

Professor Rayman in addition to his current role has also been the National Clinical Lead for Diabetes inpatient care and foot disease at NHS Diabetes and is the lead and innovator of the National Inpatient Diabetes Audit. He has also been Chief Medical Advisor to Diabetes UK and Immediate Past President of the Endocrine and Diabetes Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has recently been appointed Chair of Diabetes UK’s Clinical Study Group for Acute Diabetes Care. With colleagues in the East Suffolk and Ipswich CCG he was instrumental in developing the Integrated Diabetes Service in 2014 which has been a major success in improving the diabetes services for local people and recognised by a Healthcare Transformation Award for innovation in diabetes care (2016). He has also developed the Diabetes Inpatient Care and Education (DICE) programme which has significantly improved inpatient care at Ipswich Hospital and has won several awards including the Diabetes UK Education Award (2017), Rowan Hillson Award (2016), Quality in Care Diabetes Awards (2012 & 2015), and a HSJ Patient Safety Award (2012).

Professor Rayman said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this role as I am passionate about improving the services available to people with diabetes and endocrine problems and I am keen to work with my colleagues to achieve this. I strongly believe that they will welcome working with the GIRFT programme as a means of facilitating safer and cost-effective care for their patients.”

Joint Clinical Lead: Dr Partha Kar

Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr Kar has been a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Portsmouth since 2008 and was Clinical Director of Diabetes from 2009 to 2015. One of his main areas of passion is in helping to redesign diabetes care in an attempt to integrate chronic disease management across primary and secondary care. He is the pioneer of the Super Six Diabetes Model, which aims to deliver diabetes care in a different way. Recent innovations have involved the Hypoglycaemia Hotline, which was recognised in the Guardian Healthcare Awards 2013. In addition, he is also the co-creator of TAD (Talking About Diabetes) and the Type 1 Diabetes comic ‘Origins’, whilst also involved in setting up a Type 1 Diabetes information portal. Dr Kar is Associate National Clinical Director, Diabetes with NHS England leading on the RightCare pathway.

Dr Kar said: “I am excited to take on this role as it gives, for the first time, a real opportunity to tackle variations in diabetes care in specialist units, looking at areas such as safety – which would go a long way to improving diabetes care in the NHS.”