Dr Sarah Brewer
GP, Health Journalist and Specialist in Nutritional Medicine
Dr Sarah Brewer MSc (Nutr Med), MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, RNutr, MBANT qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice, she gained a master's degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. As well as being a licensed doctor, Sarah is now also a Registered Nutritionist, a Registered Nutritional Therapist and an award winning health writer. Sarah is the author of over 50 popular self-help books, including Overcoming Diabetes (Duncan Baird) and Natural Approaches to Diabetes (Piatkus). Her latest books are Live Longer Look Younger, and Eat Well, Stay Well, published by Connections. Sarah is the editor of YourWellness magazine www.yourwellness.com. Follow her occasional nutritional Tweets at www.twitter.com/DrSarahB.
Dr Mayank Patel
Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Acute Medicine at University Hospital Southampton
Dr Mayank Patel has worked as a Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Acute Medicine at University Hospital Southampton since 2008. Since starting as a Consultant, he has overhauled and developed the trusts adult inpatient diabetes service and worked with commissioners to bring new adult multidisciplinary insulin pump and diabetic foot services to the trust. He co-developed ‘DiAppbetes’, the smartphone application to help healthcare professionals manage inpatients with diabetes. He also contributes to medical undergraduate and postgraduate diabetes training, as well as regularly delivering diabetes education to patients, public and other healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care.
Dr Deborah Broadbent
MRCOphth, Ophthalmologist / Director of Liverpool Diabetes Eye Centre
Deborah Broadbent MB ChB (Liverpool) DRCOG (London) DO (London) MRCOphth graduated from Liverpool University in 1976 and has been working as an ophthalmologist since 1978. In conjunction with colleagues she set up the Liverpool Diabetic Eye Study in 1991 and in 1996 she became the full-time Director of the Liverpool Diabetes Eye Centre.
Over the past 20 years she has developed an expertise in the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of diabetic eye disease. She has presented original papers and been an invited speaker at both national and international meetings. In September 2002 she was appointed as the Lead in Workforce, Training and Education to the English National Screening Programme for Diabetic Retinopathy, and has worked with Skills for Health, NHSU, the National Open College Network and City and Guilds to develop National Occupational Standards in retinopathy screening and a suite of mandatory national qualifications awarded by City and Guilds for all personnel involved in the identification of sight threatening diabetic retinopathy across the UK. She was appointed as Honorary Associate Clinical Professor with Warwick University, advising on the Masters in Diabetic Retinopathy programme, in 2010, and as Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Eye and Vision Science at the University of Liverpool in 2013.
She acts as a peer reviewer for ophthalmic and diabetes journals and is the Section Editor for Retinopathy in Diabetes Digest. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation and is a trustee for The Eye Fund, a charity providing counselling support for people coming to terms with untreatable visual impairment. She continues to be actively involved in research into the epidemiology of diabetic retinopathy, screening for diabetic retinopathy and new therapies.
Lecturer in Exercise, University of Abertay
Andrea has worked in Health Care since 1982. After qualifying as a nurse she specialised in Coronary Care Nursing before becoming a Nurse Teacher. She then moved to teaching Sports Science, but remains a registered nurse and qualified exercise instructor. She has undertaken doctoral studies examining the information given to patients with Diabetes by health professionals in the primary care sector and has published in the area of volunteering and employment skills. Andrea has also run for Scotland at international veteran events, and has been a contributor for DRWF since 2004.
Professor Edzard Ernst
Professor in Complementary Medicine, Exeter
Professor Edzard Ernst is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter. His expertise lies in acupuncture, autogenic training, herbalism, homeopathy, massage and spinal manipulation and other alternative therapies. He has published more than 1,000 articles in peer reviewed medical literature, 500 original research papers and has written or editied 48 books. Edzard has his own blog http://edzardernst.com/, is Editor-in-Chief, and founder of two medical journals, and sits on the editorial board for ~20 other journals, including DRWF’s Diabetes Wellness News.
Registered Dietitian and TV Nutritionist
Azmina is a registered dietitian, consultant nutritionist, broadcaster and best-selling author. She is director of Azmina Nutrition (http://www.azminanutrition.com) and shares daily tips at AzNutrition. Azmina has written 15 books including the Gi Plan with Nina Puddefoot and The Diabetes Weight Loss Diet with Antony Worrall Thompson. She was Chief Dietitian to Diabetes UK from 1987-1995 and is currently a media spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association.
Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Royal South Hants Hospital
Bethany currently works in Southampton as a Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse. She has been involved with diabetes care for the last 8 years of her career, having worked in primary care since qualifying as a nurse in 2008. She is currently studying for her MSc in Diabetes Practice with Swansea University. Bethany became Co-Chair of the Diabetes Specialist Nursing Forum UK in 2018. As part of this team, she received the “Healthcare Professional of the Year 2018 award” at the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards.
DSN, Community Diabetes Services Portsmouth, Primary Care Team
Gwen Hall, Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Solent NHS Trust, Community Diabetes Team Portsmouth, trained as a Mental Health Nurse in Scotland and, having moved to England, completed her general training in Surrey. She worked for many years as a Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse Trainer and Diabetes Facilitator. Latterly she became a Diabetes Specialist Nurse in Primary Care and this year took up a post with the award winning Community Diabetes Team in Portsmouth.
Gwen is Associate Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes & Primary Care and on the editorial board of the Journal of Diabetes Nursing and Diabetes Digest. She has regularly published articles in these and other journals. In 2005 Gwen was elected Vice-Chairman of the Primary Care Diabetes Society. She was responsible for updating Mary MacKinnon's book Providing Diabetes Care in General Practice and was awarded the Mary MacKinnon lecture at Diabetes UK's Annual Professional Conference in 2008. She continues to lecture widely on diabetes nationally. She is an Associate Clinical Teacher for the University of Warwick and a past Visiting Fellow of the University of Surrey.
Community Diabetes Lead Podiatrist, Oxfordshire PCT
Emma qualified with a BSC Hons Podiatry from the University of Brighton in 1997 and began working as a community podiatrist for the NHS in Shropshire. During this time she completed the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrist Diabetic Foot Module and began working in acute diabetic foot clinics in Telford and Shrewsbury. After nearly 10 years she moved to work at Knowsley PCT on Merseyside as a Diabetes Team Leader in a community trust.
In 2009 she accepted a position for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust where she works as a Community Diabetes Lead Podiatrist. She specialises in the care of the diabetic foot and high risk wound care. The clinics run across community settings and within OCDEM (Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism).
She has worked with DRWF since 2007 developing the foot care advice leaflet and has supported the charity's educational event programme giving presentations and informal advice on foot care in diabetes.
Dr Alison Kirk
Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Alison was appointed in January 2009 as a Lecturer in Physical activity for Health at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. She completed a BSc in Physiology and Sports Science at the University of Glasgow (1998) before undertaking a PhD through the same university (completed 2003). She was then appointed as Lecturer at Dundee University before moving to Strathclyde University. Alison currently teaches on the BSc Sport and Physical Activity degree course. She teaches various aspects of physical activity and health and clinical exercise science.
Alison’s specialist research area is in behaviour change of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with emphasis towards prevention and management of chronic disease. She has particular focus towards diabetes but with past and current funded research in breast and colon cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Alison has a drive towards implementation of research findings and knowledge exchange within community and clinical practice and has worked with a number of community and clinical groups on related projects and guidelines.
Dr Alastair Leckie
MBChB DRCOG MRC GP FFOM, Consultant in Occupational Medicine, OHSAS
Alastair is a consultant in occupational medicine and director of OHSAS, an NHS based service provider for occupational health. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1986 and initially trained and worked as a general practitioner. He trained in occupational medicine at the Institute of Occupational Medicine before moving into his current role. Alastair is involved in postgraduate training for GPs, specialist trainees, and occupational health colleagues. He is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He frequently sees people in his clinic with diabetes to advise them and their employer regarding any work issues or work based assistance that may be required. Alastair is currently President of the Society of Occupational Medicine.
RGN MSc PhD, Lecturer in Diabetes Nursing/DSN, King’s College London and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Trust
Henrietta Mulnier RGN MSc PhD is a Lecturer in Diabetes Nursing at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London. She also works clinically as an Honorary Diabetes Specialist Nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital London. She has been nursing for nearly 30 years; specialising in diabetes since 1995. Having completed a Doctorate in 2008 her current focus is on research to benefit patient care for those with diabetes. Henri has published widely and is a reviewer for several journals. She is a member of the current National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Guidance Development Group for type 1 diabetes and is also on the editorial board for Diabetes & Primary Care.
Professor Philip Preshaw
Specialist in Periodontics, University of Newcastle
Philip Preshaw is Professor of Periodontology and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle University, UK. He received his Dental Degree from the University of Newcastle in 1991 and his PhD in 1997. He is a registered specialist in Periodontics and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. His main research interests are investigations of the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, and links between diabetes and periodontal disease. Professor Preshaw lectures frequently, and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has been awarded a UK NIHR National Clinician Scientist Fellowship, a Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association of Dental Research, and a King James IV Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for his contributions to research.
Heather Davie, Stoke-on-Trent
I joined DRWF a short time after its inception in the UK 15 years ago, and attended the first weekend conference in Chichester. Since then, DRWF has been an important part of my life, and I have attended many of the conferences. Having had type 1 diabetes for 43 years and still often struggling to get it right, I value all the information, help, research, comments freely available to all DRWF members. I have for some years now been a lay member of the Editorial Advisory Board, and welcome being able to give something back through the work this involves. The work is scrutinising the publications – the monthly DWN, and the leaflets – making corrections, alterations, suggestions, amendments as necessary, and approaching it from the point of view of members and others reading them. It can be time consuming, but always enjoyable. I have also been asked to give feedback to an auditor, when required.
There isn’t much diabetes has prevented me from doing, and although I am many years beyond retiring age, I work as a member of the ‘service user and carer’ group with social work degree students at two universities. Knowing about diabetes first hand, and especially about hypos, comes in useful.
DRWF is not just "an organisation": it is run by a small dedicated staff group who are friends to all of us who call upon its expertise, and attend any of its many events.
Geoffrey Minto, Cleveland
On the 12th October 2013 I celebrated my 78th birthday – diagnosed with diabetes January 1985 28 years ago. Initially on Glipizide tablets - after an operation for bowel cancer 15 years ago, blood sugars all over the place, then prescribed Mixard 30 insulin. Now on Novafine Rapid 8mg morning and 8mg mid-day. Levemir 25mg evening.
Along with my tablets – Metformin – Simvastatin – Asprin – also with Amitripyline Hydrochlorid Tablets at night, due to suffering from Charcot Feet for the last two years. Fitted for shoes earlier this year – however they do not fit as well as I would like being a size 13/14 shoe. They are rather bulky – too big to drive in them (just need the bolts in my neck). Like all people with diabetes I have good and bad days with the control of blood sugar levels.
January 2014 will be my Golden Wedding anniversary, celebrating hopefully with a well-earned holiday. For the past five years Chair – Secretary – Treasurer – Editor and fundraiser for a local Diabetes Voluntary Group, although with approximately 170,000 people with diabetes in the Cleveland area as Editor I produced a three monthly eight page newsletter sent to 70 by email and 100 via the post, yet only six people turned up at the AGM – hence the closure of the group in February 2012.
I still fundraise for the Diabetic Specialist Nurses Training at the Diabetic Care centre – James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough. I still suffer from ulcers on my right leg –still drive with out the need for glasses. 2013 is my last year as a qualified cricket umpire for 28 years – still active mainly around the house and garden, still doing tom-bolas in aid of diabetes causes I just take every day as I feel – okay.
Lynwood Newman, Weymouth
Lynwood Newman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lenape Regional High School in Medford New Jersey, he attended a broadcasting school in New York City and worked as an apprentice for a Philadelphia Newspaper and 24 hour news station and had two years of university. He enlisted in the US Air Force and was assigned as an air/security policeman with spells temporary duty broadcasting, journalism and photography and world travel until 1991 when he retired as a senior NCO in Personnel. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 40 at the height of his fitness in the joint police forces US Air Force and RAF Regiment training programmes. With his present knowledge, he worked back his actual diabetes at aged 35. He retired after 20 years service in 1991. He worked in the security industry rising from security officer to trainer and consultant. He wrote security columns for an international magazine. He also worked for British Telecom as an agency supplied operator, worked as a consultant/trainer and security industry inspector as well as a member of the Association of Security Consultants. His last employment was with a district counsel as an Environmental Crimes Officer, rising from dustman. Retired, he has taken four years study of complementary medicine (homeopathy), has a diploma in fitness and nutrition and is now an advanced certificated bio-feedback operator working with patients. A DRWF life member, he has been a volunteer since 2007 and assists with activities and publications editing.
Helen Bailey, Havant
Wendy Beecher, East Sussex
Chris Edwards, Waterlooville
Julie Pope, Milton Keynes