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Diabetes Services

The Diabetes Specialist Dietitians (DSD)


The Diabetes Specialist Dietitians are an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team. The UHL diabetes dietetic team is based at both the Leicester General Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary. The dietitians jointly work with Diabetes Specialist Nurses and Consultants in diabetes specialist out-patient clinics.

They are also involved with several patient education programmes for people with diabetes such as DAFNE (Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating) and DESMOND (Diabetes Education for Self-management Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed), foundation groups and Insulin management groups.


Diabetes Specialist Dietitians

  • Rebecca Saker - Senior Renal and Diabetes Dieititan
  • Sayjal Amin - Senior Diabetes Dieititan
  • Sarah Phillips - Senior Diabetes Dieititan
  • Nicola Taylor - Senior Diabetes Dieititan

The Diabetes Specialist Dietitian are part of the Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietetic Service (See Website: and work closely with the Community Dietitans


Role of the Diabetes Specialist Dietitians 

Over the years the role of the Diabetes Specialist Dietitian has evolved hugely. Previously the dietetic input was based around helping people to manage diabetes through their diet alone, however nowadays much more of a holistic approach is employed. Individuals are encouraged to develop skills on how to manage their diabetes taking into account their individual lifestyle and medications, which the Diabetes Dietitian can help to facilitate.


The team plays a crucial role in the following areas:


  • The dietetic team provide a specialised service to Consultant Diabetologist lead clinics
  • Consultations may be done on an individual basis or alongside other members of the MDT
  • We have specialist diabetes dietitian led clinics for people with diabetes
  • The diabetes dietitians are an intergral part of the diabetes and obstetric antenatal team who help to support people with diabetes both pre and during pregnancy.
The team are also involved in local and National Structured Education Programmes such as: 
  • Foundation groups, This is a group education session for people with newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes
  • Insulin management groups teaching people with either type 1 or 2 diabetes how to alter their insulin to their lifestyle.
  • DAFNE (Dose Adjusting For Normal Eating) - aimed at people with type 1  diabetes who want flexibility with diet and lifestyle and wish to develop skills around insulin dose adjustment to food
  • DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Structured Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) – structured education programme aimed at people with type 2 diabetes.

  • We play a role in the development of resources, local guidelines and protocols and group education programmes. These are continually being updated to ensure all of our advice is evidenced based. 
  • Finally, the team have a role in the education of other members of the MDT


Contact Us

For further information contact the Diabetes Dietitian Team on:
0116 258 4881 Diabetes Oupatient Department (former ward 4) at the General Hospital

Updated at 2014-11-25 11:49:48 by Shehnaz Jamal