Rob Gregory, Consultant Physician for Leicester’s Hospitals, has been appointed as Chair of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) at its spring meeting that took place in Edinburgh on Thursday 1 May.
ABCD is the national organisation of Consultant Physicians in Britain who specialise in Diabetes Mellitus, a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar. The organisation aims to ensure the highest quality of care for diabetic patients; promote awareness of diabetes locally and nationally; advise commissioners about diabetes services; educate and support medical staff caring for patients with diabetes; and encourage clinical research in the specialty.
Rob, who has been a consultant in Leicester for over 20 years, will chair a new committee of members that will represent ABCD on many professional and advisory boards, work closely with other diabetes organisations, lobby and campaign about diabetes, and give guidance to the membership on controversial issues.
Rob said: “I am delighted that the association now has its own journal, the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease, which will carry peer-reviewed medical and scientific articles, as well as news items of interest to its members.” To raise awareness of the problem of chronic kidney disease in people with diabetes, Rob intends to organise a national campaign.
He adds: “I am confident that the service provided in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as part of the Transformation of Diabetes Services project will be an example of best practice for the rest of the country.”
Commenting on the appointment, Leicester’s Medical Director,
Kevin Harris, said, “Leicester has long played an important role in shaping both policy and treatment pathways for people with diabetes and Rob is a leader in this field. I am pleased that this is recognised in his appointment to the Chair of the ABCD and I know that Rob will use his experience to raise the profile of the disease and how it can be treated and managed in both acute and community care.”
ABCD members will be interested in this report from Diabetes UK which brings together in one publication a series of evidence-based interventions to improve diabetes care and save money. Examples include specialist teams for inpatients and footcare, structured education, care planning and intensive lifestyle behaviour change interventions. The document aims to give leaders in diabetes easy access to the information they need to make the case for better care for people with diabetes.