A pharmacist from Darlington
has been selected as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, to help
transform care for people living with diabetes in the County Durham
and Darlington area.
Hannah Beba, a senior
pharmacist for diabetes at the County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust was chosen for her passion for, and commitment to
excellence in diabetes care.
Diabetes is a condition where
there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use
it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
can lead to serious complications that include blindness,
amputation, kidney failure and stroke.
Diabetes care can vary widely
in different regions, and many people struggle to access the vital
services they need to manage their condition well. As a Clinical
Champion, Hannah will join a two-year leadership development
programme, supported by Diabetes UK. Through her training, she will
identify areas in need of improvement and drive vital changes to
the diabetes services that people in Darlington and County Durham
Hannah said: "I'm really
honoured to have been chosen to be a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion.
I'm excited to work with my peers to build better links between the
various sectors of pharmacy, harnessing the resource available
to deliver better diabetes care. Pharmacists and pharmacy
teams are a relatively untapped resource and I am keen to shine a
light on the exceptional care that is being delivered and develop
interest and competence."
Hannah is one of twenty UK
healthcare professionals, including consultants, nurses, GPs,
dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists and psychologists to be
appointed as a Clinical Champion this year.
Amy Rylance, Head of
Healthcare Engagement at Diabetes UK said: "Diabetes is the most
devastating and fastest-growing health crisis of our time, and now
affects 4.6 million people across the UK. That's more than cancer
and dementia combined - and more than any other serious health
condition in the UK.
"Investing in diabetes care in
this way, will help reduce serious complications, and in turn
reduce the devastating personal - and economic - costs that can
result from poor management of the condition.
"Champions like Hannah play a
critical role in improving the services people with diabetes
receive, and contribute massively to our vision of creating a world
where diabetes can do no harm."
The award-winning Clinical
Champions programme provides leadership development to healthcare
professionals, enabling them to improve diabetes care and bring
innovative solutions to local problems. There are now 85 champions
across the UK who have access to a network of like-minded
clinicians with whom they can share expertise, experience and best
If you are interested in
becoming a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion for the 2019-2021 intake
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 020 7424 1892. This is a
Diabetes UK project in collaboration with Novo Nordisk who are
providing support and funding.
Published 19th July
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital